A couple of interesting articles on the BBC this morning arising out of Andrew Benson interviewing Toto Wolff in which he talks a lot about the restructure at Mercedes and a little bit about the future team structure. This one is most relevant to the thread topic, though.http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmula1/22433258
Wolff makes it clear he has no personal designs on the 'team principal' title.
"I am a shareholder and that gives me the position I need to get things done," he says. "Then I have the Mercedes hat which gives me the possibility to come in from that angle and look after what Mercedes needs. I am perfectly happy to have that role. I don't need any title - you can call me number one cleaning lady if you want - but I do have knowledge of how to structure companies. I would be completely crazy to try to take something away from Ross: he has won 15 titles and who am I compared to that achievement? So I said to him: 'You look after the car; let me do the rest.' And that is the split - he is the engineer, I am the business guy."
Which is all very well, but if Brawn stays beyond this season, where does Lowe fit in? Wolff says Lowe is "very visible" because of his high-profile position, but will say little else on the man who will be at Mercedes in a very senior position at the start of next year.
Andrew Benson goes on to say he thinks it's still clear that Lowe will eventually replace Brawn but that Brawn's success means the timescales have shifted. Toto Wolff also had this to say:
Ross is ambitious and motivated to win the world championship with Mercedes and I think we are seeing the fruits of this. My job is essentially a support function, to give him and his team what they need. As far as the future is concerned, his destiny is in his own hands.
I guess that's as best as those of us keen to see Ross keep his job can reasonably hope for. And how pleasingly dramatically expressed.