Ross Brawn has denied claims a wave of layoffs is on the cards for the Mercedes GP staff.

Ross Brawn has denied claims a wave of layoffs is on the cards for the Mercedes GP staff.

At the end of a disappointing 2010 season, it is expected that - for example - chief driver engineers Andy Shovlin (Michael Schumacher) and Jock Clear (Nico Rosberg) are set to be replaced ahead of next season.

But team boss Ross Brawn insisted: "We are not letting anyone go, but some engineers will have new responsibilities.

"There are a few new people too," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

Schumacher's new engineer is believed to be Mark Slade, who arrives from Renault having worked alongside Vitaly Petrov in 2010.

And Rosberg's new engineer will be Tony Ross, who worked with the German driver for years at Williams.

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