Bernie Ecclestone has backed the changes taking place at Mercedes.
Earlier, beleaguered team boss Ross Brawn played down claims the F1 chief executive may be playing a role in the power struggle, as Austrians Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff reportedly pull their weight against Brackley’s old guard including Brawn and Nick Fry.
Asked about the shakeup, Ecclestone – holidaying in Kitzbuhel, Austria – told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper: “I hope it means that Mercedes is much stronger.
“I trust that the new team leaders Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff … it’s new people with new ideas.
“Mercedes has the best engine, strong drivers, enough budget — I would be disappointed if they are not at the front,” the 82-year-old added.