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Mercedes director denies Brawn exit reports

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Mercedes director Toto Wolff has denied what he described as "surprising" reports of Ross Brawn's departure from the team at the end of the season.

Earlier in the week it was reported that Brawn had met with Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda in Korea to reveal his decision to leave the team, however those reports have now been dismissed.

"We are all involved," Wolff told Germany's Spox.

"Ross Brawn has some ideas for his future, as we as a team want to develop together with him. We are in constant discussions.

"But there was no news in recent days -- not even internally. So it is somewhat surprising that something is coming out now," he insisted.

Indeed rather than announce his retirement, some believe it is Brawn trying to manufacture a move away from Mercedes with the figure of summer arrival Paddy Lowe looming over him.

The team however insists Brawn will see out his contract.

"No, not at all," said Wolff when asked if Brawn will break the terms of his contract. "There is no question of observing contracts or that Ross Brawn wants to change.

"There is a common discourse, all in the best interests of the team and the people involved," he added.

Despite that the rumours keep coming, the most recent coming from Marca newspaper in Spain who claim that should Brawn re-unite with Honda for their McLaren project in 2015, that may interest Fernando Alonso, who has recently rejected any thoughts of a return.

Honda's new motorsport chief Yasuhisa told Britain's Sky the Japanese car giant wants "good drivers, (a) good team and good organisation" ready for its 2015 return.

"Those things have to be ready, have to be right, in order to have a good start," he added.

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