Mercedes: Brawn Will Decide No 1 Status in F1 Team
Talking about all these allegations, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dieter Zetsche revealed that the man responsible with this kind of decisions will be the team's manager Ross Brawn, and nobody else.
“We have a team manager for this. Ross Brawn is one of the best. If he wasn't he wouldn't have won both titles last year, despite his team being in their debut. He will decide and it will be the best for the drivers and the constructor,” said the Daimler boss, emphasizing the role Brawn will have in setting up a competitive lineup for the Brackley based outfit.
Brawn has worked with Michael Schumacher through most of the German's career in Formula One. The British official was actually behind Schu's 7 world titles in the series, as the pair used to work together in both the Benetton and Ferrari garages through the last couple of decades. As far as the Ferrari era is concerned, it's no secret that Schumacher was always No 1 at Maranello, regardless of his teammate (Eddie Irvine or Rubens Barrichello).
Ever since the rumor of Schumacher rejoining the F1 field in a Mercedes GP car surfaced in the media in mid-November, Rosberg made it very clear that he won't become No 2 to any teammate, regardless of his name. In addition, when signing the Mercedes deal, Schu also insisted that he will not take the No 1 status within the team for granted, but instead let the management of the team take care of this matter.