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Mercedes team principle Ross Brawn insists that there is no set date for when he will hand over responsibilities to Paddy Lowe revealing that it will be a gradual process.
Lowe agreed a deal with the Brackley-based team earlier this year with the eventual endgame seeing him step into the shoes of Brawn as team principal.
The 51-year-old opted to move on from his former position as technical director at McLaren in order to seek a new challenge and Brawn expects that it will take some time to ensure he is up to speed.
The Englishman has been at the helm of the team since 2010 and he believes that there is no need to establish and start or end date, but just to try and introduce Lowe to the challenges that lie ahead.
Mercedes currently sit second in the constructors’ championship, 69 points adrift of Red Bull as the teams prepare to return from their summer break at the end of the month and kick on with the second half of the campaign.
Brawn said: “There will be a point in the future when some of the responsibilities I have will be handled by Paddy.
“But it won’t be an abrupt stop and an abrupt start.
“Paddy and I have known each other for a very long time and we’re working on the things where he can make a real contribution to the team.
“He’s started to pick up some of those things and at some point in the future he will take on more responsibility.
“He joined the team earlier than we anticipated, but it will evolve in a way that is most positive for the team. We won’t do anything that risks the potential of the team.”