Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn has admitted that his future at the helm of the team will be short-lived if the 2011 season does not propel the outfit towards the sharp end of the field.
Following the sale of his championship-winning Brawn GP outfit to Mercedes-Benz and the new squad’s less-than-stellar 2010 season, there have been rumours doing the rounds that the mood within the team is turning sour, particularly among Mercedes’ top brass.
While Brawn has acknowledged that this season has not lived up to his hopes, he was quick to deny that he is at odds with the marque’s competition boss, Norbert Haug.
Speaking with The Telegraph, Brawn admitted: “Fourth position in the championship – and forget 2008 because that was the year I came to Honda and I couldn’t do anything about that – is probably the worst result I have had since I have been in senior management.
“And if the team continues running at a mediocre level then I probably won’t be running a team for much longer. But the important thing is that I believe I know where we have gone wrong.”
The Briton added that much of this year’s problems stemmed from having to deploy resources to the 2009 championship fight, with the squad winning the Drivers’ and Championship championships.
“This business is all about spinning plates on the end of sticks. And if you stop spinning them they fall off. A few of our plates fell off last year. Now we have put them back and we are spinning them,” he added.
There are also rumours of an internal restructure within the Mercedes GP outfit, although members of the team have categorically stated that no one will be sacked from the outfit.
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