Oct.10 (GMM) Mercedes' F1 drivers on Thursday threw their weight behind Ross Brawn, amid rumours their boss is considering stepping down or even switching teams.
"He's a great boss," Lewis Hamilton said at Suzuka, after it emerged Brawn is in talks with team chairman Niki Lauda about the 58-year-old Briton's future.
Brawn is being linked with former employer Honda's 2015 foray with McLaren, although he has denied he has made any decisions yet.
"I don't know what his plans are for the future," Hamilton told reporters, "but I'd like him to stay."
The 2008 world champion said his talks with Brawn were central to his decision to leave McLaren at the end of last year.
"We had some really good conversations when we sat together before I made my decision," said Hamilton.
"He took me through where the team was going and was very influential in bringing me to the team."
Nico Rosberg also said he wants Brawn to stay, even if he expressed "confidence" in Mercedes' ongoing leadership "whatever his decision is".
But "It would be great if he stays because I get on well with him and I think he's a great team principal," said the German.
Even the team's Executive Director, Toto Wolff, has described as "surprising" reports team boss Ross Brawn has decided to leave Mercedes.
The reports said Brawn told chairman Niki Lauda of his decision in Korea last weekend, but both men have denied the news.
Wolff, who is Mercedes' motor sport director, told German-language Spox: "We are all involved.
"Ross Brawn has some ideas for his future, as we as a team want to develop together with him. We are in constant discussions.
"But there was no news in recent days -- not even internally. So it is somewhat surprising that something is coming out now," he insisted.
Wolff denied the suggestion that the real story is that Brawn is pushing to exit because his successor Paddy Lowe is already looming.
Mercedes, on the other hand, is insisting Brawn respect his contract.
"No, not at all," said Wolff. "There is no question of observing contracts or that Ross Brawn wants to change.
"There is a common discourse, all in the best interests of the team and the people involved," he added.