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Bratches set to depart F1 – reports

Sean Bratches is reportedly set to leave his position as managing director of commercial operations at the Formula One motor-racing series.

BBC Sport reported that Bratches is “tipped to leave” following the conclusion of the 2019 season. Chief executive Chase Carey and managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn are said to have committed to staying with F1.

Grand Prix News, however, suggested Bratches’ departure come before the end of the season with a source familiar with the matter telling the website that an announcement on his future could be “imminent”.

The source told Grand Prix News: “I have heard it from several sources but they have been telling me this for months and it has come to nothing. I am now hearing that a press release could be sent out in the morning so we may not have to wait long.”

The news comes as F1 continues discussions over new rules, which include car revamps and a budget cap. These would be in place from the 2021 season onwards and BBC Sport reported that Carey and Brawn have committed to staying at F1 until the new structure is “completed and stabilised”.

Bratches has been with F1 since 2017, when the series was taken over by US organisation Liberty Media. He previously served as vice-president of sales and marketing at US sports broadcaster ESPN.

F1 last week revealed its provisional calendar for the 2020 season, which features a record 22 races. The calendar included the Italian Grand Prix, whose future had been uncertain, but there was no place for the German Grand Prix.