The rest of the Formula One field would benefit if Ross Brawn’s departure from Mercedes goes ahead, according to 2009 world champion Jenson Button.
There have been rumours throughout the 2013 season that it would be Brawn’s final year with the German manufacturer with the arrival of Paddy Lowe from McLaren earlier in the campaign seemingly stoking those suggestions.
Mercedes declined to comment on a BBC report that claimed Brawn would leave after the season finale in Brazil but the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, as well as driver Lewis Hamilton, have said they would like to continue their association with the Briton.
“It would be a loss to the team he was working for,” Button said when asked if the sport would suffer without Brawn.
“It is not a loss for the rest of us, it is actually a good thing. Ross is a great team leader and he is very strong. He is a very confident individual and I think everyone needs someone like Ross in their team.
“I’m surprised to see he is leaving although I’m sure there are reasons for that but it is difficult to think what they are.”