Williams founder Sir Frank Williams is to contact unsettled Mercedes boss Ross Brawn as speculation over the Briton continues.
Before the Abu Dhabi GP, his daughter, now deputy team boss Claire Williams, claimed there had been no approach made by her father’s team towards the former Ferrari, Honda and Brawn GP boss.
Now though Sir Frank is suggesting the opposite, with the 58-year-old set to leave his post at Mercedes if recent rumours are to be believed.
Interestingly Brawn began his F1 career with Williams in the 1970′s after he was given a post as a machinist at the team and Sir Frank has very high praise of his former employee.
“When he was with us he was really extraordinarily clever in terms of engineering — he is very gifted,” Frank Williams told the British broadcaster Sky.
“I am sure he has accumulated infinitely more knowledge … so if he was to come he would be a great addition.
“I wasn’t aware he was available. I may now have to contact him. I can say no more,” he added.
Williams however did admit he would not rush into any talks or deal with Brawn given the teams finances and it’s own current management personnel.
“The reason I am being hesitant is that I do employ people already and it is very unlikely that we could afford Ross, or that he would want to come to us, so all I would be doing if we didn’t get him would be offending everyone at the team already,” said Williams.
Mercedes Chairman Niki Lauda is however keen to keep Brawn at the team despite the presence of himself, Toto Wolff and former McLaren technical chief Paddy Lowe.
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