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McLaren refuse to comment over Brawn speculation

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Is Brawn (left) to become Whitmarsh's (right) successor? (©GettyImages)
Is Brawn (left) to become Whitmarsh's (right) successor? (©GettyImages).

Ross Brawn could take over as Team Principal at McLaren, that is the speculation now wondering through the F1 world.

After Ron Dennis replaced current team boss Martin Whitmarsh as CEO of the McLaren
Group last week, it is believed Whitmarsh’s four year stint in charge could be over.

Following a disastrous 2013, which saw the Woking team fail to claim a single podium, it was always thought changes would be coming, however while Dennis has put himself back in the hot seat some believe his age could prevent him from returning to the pit wall full-time.

This is where Brawn, who recently stepped down as Mercedes boss, comes in, the 58-year-old is said to be having a six month break following his decision to leave the Brackley team and now it is believed the upcoming tie-up with one of Brawn’s former employers, Honda in 2015 could pave the way for his return to the sport.

Though a source at McLaren told the Telegraph that the team: “will not get involved in commenting” on the rumour, one of their former driver’s told Sky that indeed Whitmarsh’s
time in charge appears to be over.

“It is possible that Martin Whitmarsh could continue in that (team principal) role, but it probably would be unlikely,” John Watson told the broadcaster.

Meanwhile another legendary F1 figure has spoken about another McLaren related issue, how it’s lead driver Jenson Button will respond to the recent death of his father John.

Button Sr. had become a very popular member of the F1 paddock and a key part of now 34-year-old Jenson’s entourage, however Sir Jackie Stewart believes the 2009 champion’s driving won’t be affected.

“I think racing drivers probably are tougher than most people,” he said.

“Jenson will miss him terribly, but look at all the deaths we had (in F1 in the past), yet for whatever reason we all raced.”

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