A rumoured restructuring within the Mercedes GP camp could result in team principal Ross Brawn assuming a diminished role in 2011, according to Italy’s Autosprint.

The rumours follow the 55-year-old Briton’s admission during last weekend’s Korean Grand Prix that retirement will be on the cards sometime in the future, in addition to speculation that his role within the team won’t be secure for long unless the outfit can deliver better results.

The team has endured a difficult season after it bought out the championship-winning Brawn GP squad at the end of last year – the team has achieved a trio of third places with Nico Rosberg and sits a distant fourth in the Constructors’ Standings.

Rumours of a discord between Brawn and Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug – although both have denied this – have also refused to go away.

Brawn told reporters in Korea that he planned to stay in F1 “but maybe not have to come to 20-odd races every year.”

Autosprint also added that Brawn’s role next year could be “limited to a specific area”.

Whatever that means…

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