Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Mercedes can cope without its current team boss Ross Brawn.
It has been rumoured Briton Brawn could be pushed out of the Brackley-based team altogether, or confined to a merely technical directorship, in the wake of the arrival of Austrian chiefs and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.
Ecclestone told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt: ‘They have got Toto there and they have got Niki. That will probably be enough.’
So far, Wolff has said Mercedes wants Brawn to stay in a ‘technical role’, but also in question is the future of the team’s chief executive, Nick Fry.
Already departed, after a 22-year Mercedes tenure, is Norbert Haug.
‘I think the system at Mercedes needs to work,’ Wolff told cityam.com.
‘If you have more good people it is not bad news but I think everybody needs to understand what his role and position is.’