Ross Brawn to leave Mercedes at end of year
November 28, 2013 -- Updated 1315 GMT (2115 HKT)
Ross Brawn, leaving Mercedes at the end of 2013, achieved great success with Michael Schumacher, right, at Ferrari.
- Ross Brawn is leaving Mercedes, to be replaced by a pair of executive directors
- Mercedes finished second in the team standings, only behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull
- The 59-year-old said that Mercedes "is uniquely positioned to succeed in 2014"
- Brawn has exceled throughout his career, combining with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari
(CNN) -- Ross Brawn, the man who has achieved success with virtually every Formula One outfit he has worked with, is leaving his post as team principal at Mercedes at the end of the year.
The 59-year-old will hand over duties to executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, Mercedes said. Wolff is responsible for business matters while Lowe handles technical duties.
When Lowe arrived from McLaren, Wolff became an executive director and former racing great Niki Lauda was named as a non-executive chairman, it led to "continued media questioning" about Brawn's future with the team, according to Formula One's official website, and the Englishman's departure was confirmed by Mercedes on Thursday.
"The team is uniquely positioned to succeed in 2014 and I am proud to have helped lay the foundations for that success," Brawn was quoted as saying by Mercedes' website. "However, 2014 will mark the beginning of a new era in the sport.
Vettel's dominance could bore F1 fans
Hamilton praises Mercedes progress
Pirelli weathers tire quality challenges
"We therefore felt this was the right time to simultaneously begin a new era of team management to ensure that the organization is in the strongest possible competitive position for the years to come."
Although no racer finished in the top three in the individual standings this year, progress was made in the team classification as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg guided Mercedes to second -- behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.
Read: Vettel a history maker
Lauda said Brawn was the "architect" of that success.
"He put the plans in place to recruit key people since early 2011, and the performance this season shows that the team is on the right track," Lauda told Mercedes' website. "We have had long discussions with Ross about how he could continue with the team but it is a basic fact that you cannot hold somebody back when they have chosen to move on.
"Ross has decided that this is the right time to hand over the reins to Toto and Paddy and we respect his decision."
Hamilton took to Twitter to thank Brawn, calling him a "legend" but also lauding Lowe and Wolff.
"Massive thanks to Ross Brawn," said the 2008 world champion. "He's been a great leader and teacher for me. Ross has built the foundations for us to succeed in 2014!#Legend.
"Toto and Paddy are fantastic guys and strong leaders for the team. I've started my training already and can't wait for 2014!"
Brawn helped Benetton win world titles and his own team -- Brawn GP -- claimed the double in 2009 before it was sold to Mercedes.
He may be best known, though, for his stint at Ferrari when he famously combined with one of the finest racers of all time, Michael Schumacher.
Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT)
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 1233 GMT (2033 HKT)
To be a champion you must win a title -- but to become an F1 legend you must win races at Monaco, the calendar's most testing circuit.
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 1459 GMT (2259 HKT)
Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi takes you on a tour of the Monaco racing circuit.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT)
The Formula One driver transcended his sport and even 20 years after his death, Ayrton Senna commands the adoration of fans worldwide.
May 1, 2014 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
F1's greatest racer was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1 1994. The sport hasn't been the same since.
April 30, 2014 -- Updated 1516 GMT (2316 HKT)
Just four F1 drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994.
April 25, 2014 -- Updated 1156 GMT (1956 HKT)
For a championship with a distinctly Iberian streak, it is no surprise that South America should be high on MotoGP's list of territories to conquer.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1113 GMT (1913 HKT)
Too weak. Can't handle the pressure. Susie Wolff has heard it all -- but she is determined to become the first female F1 driver in 20 years.
Today's five most popular stories