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Brawn stands down as head of F1 team Mercedes

Thursday - 11/28/2013, 5:18am  ET

McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain steers his car in front of Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico, center, and Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

TIA GOLDENBERG
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- Ross Brawn has stood down as team principal of Formula One team Mercedes.

Mercedes says the leadership of the team will now fall to business chief Toto Wolff and technical director Paddy Lowe.

The team says Brawn will stand down at the end of the calendar year, but with the season finishing last weekend, his time with the team has effectively ended.

Brawn bought the team from Honda, and the eponymously named outfit won the F1 drivers' and constructors' titles in 2009 before it was taken over by Mercedes, with Brawn assuming the role of team principal.

He had earlier been an instrumental figure in Ferrari's success during Michael Schumacher's stint with the Italian team.


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