Brawn buying into Williams? (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Another wild rumor was also shot down in the Singapore paddock late on Friday, after it emerged at Monza recently that Mercedes boss Ross Brawn could buy Toto Wolff's 15 per cent stake in the Williams team.
"I'm definitely not buying shares in Williams!" Brawn exclaimed to the British broadcaster Sky.
"I'm planning to be here (Mercedes) next year so there's nothing else happening, I can guarantee it," he added. 09/08/13 As noted below, some reports have Wolff selling his 15% to Russian interests, not Brawn. Back on August 1st, we wrote in this hot news item - Zabara met with Bernie Ecclestone at the Hungaroring last weekend, and also present was Igor Mazepa, of the new Russian GP2 team Russian Time.
Mazepa admitted that Russian Time is working closely with Williams.
"Now we're going to strengthen our relationship," he said.
"We are already talking to Claire Williams about the possibility of a Russian driver coming, if there is a vacancy for 2014 due to one of the current drivers going to another team."09/08/13 (GMM) The Monza paddock began to disband late on Sunday amid the swirling rumor that Ross Brawn may be buying into the Williams team.
The story was mentioned by the British broadcaster Sky, in the wake of earlier news that Toto Wolff is moving to sell his 15 per cent share in the Grove based team.
Wolff and Brawn currently work together at Mercedes, who will supply V6 engines to Williams next year.
Brawn, team boss, has acknowledged he will eventually be replaced by Mercedes' new signing Paddy Lowe, so - if true - buying into Williams would breathe new life into his long career.
Briton Brawn, 58, began his career in the 70s when Sir Frank Williams gave him a job as a machinist.
Later, in the mid 90s, he worked with great success at Benetton alongside Pat Symonds, who has just started work as Williams' new technical boss.
Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, however, reported on Saturday that Wolff in fact seems to be selling his 15 per cent team stake to a Russian interest.
And Sky acknowledged on Sunday that Williams advisor Alex Wurz, a former team driver, had vehemently denied the rumor.
Other reports said Wolff himself also denied he is selling his stake to Brawn.