Brawn is widely expected to leave the Brackley based squad at the end of the season, to be replaced by the team’s executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe and non-executive director Niki Lauda.
Lauda said over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend that he is determined to keep the 58-year-old at the Silver Arrows, but the Englishman is known to be unhappy with the current management structure. He previously worked for Williams in the teams early years as a machinist and the Grove based outfit’s team principal believes he would be a great addition.
Talking to Sky Sports F1, he said: “Naively, perhaps, I am unaware that Ross is available. When he was with us he was really extraordinarily clever in terms of engineering – he is very gifted – and I am sure he has accumulated infinitely more knowledge, just as much about what not to do as much as what he should be doing. So if he was to come he would be a great addition.
He added: “I wasn’t aware he was available. I have made no effort to contact him and I can say no more. 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 etc, etc and all I would be doing if we didn’t get Ross would be offending everyone at the team already.”
2013 looks set to be Williams’ worst year in the team’s history. Pastor Maldonado has scored the team’s only point of the season, 10th at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Bottas coming closest to the first point of his career in Malaysia after finishing in 11th place. They currently sit ninth in the constructors’ standings, 31 points behind Toro Rosso.
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