Niki Lauda feels "very sad" about Ross Brawn's Mercedes exit

Niki Lauda says that he feels "very sad" to lose team principal Ross Brawn from the Mercedes Formula 1 team at the end of the year.

Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda has expressed his sadness at team principal Ross Brawn's decision to step down.

The Formula 1 team announced last Thursday that the 59-year-old will leave his post at the end of the year.

"I'm very sad about it because I wanted him to stay another year, but he says he wants to go fishing," BBC Sport quotes Lauda as saying.

"So I really tried hard but he stays a consultant to me which I think is very good and important."

Business executive director Toto Wolff and technical executive director Paddy Lowe will take on Brawn's responsibilities when he leaves.

Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn attends the official press conference following practice for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2013
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