Brawn blames lack of trust for Mercedes exit
By Alan Baldwin
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former Mercedes principal Ross Brawn has blamed current bosses and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda for a breakdown of trust that led to his departure from the now-dominant Formula One team in 2013.
The 61-year-old Briton, who won the constructors' and drivers' championships with Brawn GP in 2009 before selling it to Mercedes in 2010, set out his version of events in a book to be published in Britain on Nov. 3.
"What happened at Mercedes is that people were imposed on me who I couldn't trust," he said in 'Total competition, lessons in strategy from Formula One' that he co-authored with former Williams chief executive Adam Parr.
An advance copy has been made available to Reuters.
"I never knew really what they were trying to do. I mean Niki would tell me one thing, then I would hear he was saying something else."
Brawn, the former Benetton and Ferrari strategist who played a big part in Michael Schumacher's seven titles, said Wolff made critical comments in a taped conversation with former F1 team boss Colin Kolles.
"He said that I was resting on my money now. I had got all this money and I wasn't interested in the team any more and I wasn't motivated and I wasn't doing this, I wasn't doing that. That the team needed a fresh impetus," said Brawn.
"So I was beginning to deal with people who I didn't feel I could ultimately trust; people within the team who had let me down already in terms of their approach." Continued...