(born 23 November 1954) is an English motorsport
team principal. He has worked for a number of Formula One
teams, serving as the technical
director of the championship-winning Benetton
teams. He took a sabbatical from
the sport in 2007 but returned to F1 for the 2008 season
as Team Principal of
. He was the owner of
GP team, which acquired the Honda team in early 2009,
and won the Formula One Constructors and Drivers Championships in
that year. Mercedes
bought out the team in November 2009, where Brawn will remain team
Early life and family
born in Manchester, England and attended
School in Reading, Berkshire. In the early 1970s he was taken on as a
trainee engineer by the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority at its Atomic Energy
Research Establishment in Harwell, Oxfordshire, where he studied instrumentation.
lives in Stoke
Row, near Henley-on-Thames.
In his spare time he enjoys gardening
listening to music
. In 2006 Brawn received
an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from Brunel
University for his services to motorsport.
in motorsport began in 1976 when he joined March Engineering in the town of Bicester as a milling machine
Soon afterwards he joined their Formula 3
racing team as a mechanic
. Brawn was hired by Sir Frank Williams
in 1978 as a machinist
for the newly formed Williams
team. He quickly moved up through the
ranks, working in the R&D
as an aerodynamicist
in the team's
After brief stints with the now-defunct Haas
F1 teams Brawn's efforts
caught the attention of Jaguar
hired him in 1989. He began work in their sports car racing
division, bringing as
much F1 technological experience as he could, and succeeded in
designing the Jaguar XJR-14
won the 1991
World Sportscar Championship
Later in 1991 Brawn returned to F1 as technical director of the
team, helping it win
back-to-back World Drivers'
in 1994 and 1995 with Michael Schumacher
, and to take the
in 1995. Brawn was credited by much
of the specialist press with being an important part of these
championships, particularly in terms of devising race
Ross Brawn followed Schumacher to the Ferrari
F1 team in late , at the end of
Schumacher's first year with the team. Again he was renowned for
his race strategies as the team began to challenge for the
championship from 1997, despite the superiority of the Williams
cars that year and the McLarens from 1998 onwards. After these
"rebuilding" years, he (as Ferrari technical director) helped
Ferrari regain glory when the team won the Constructors'
Championship in , the first of six consecutive titles. The
Brawn-guided Scuderia also powered Schumacher to five consecutive
drivers' titles, from to . Brawn's contributions to this
unprecedented string of titles has led many to label him as a vital
member of the Ferrari "dream team" along with Schumacher, team
principal Jean Todt
and chief designer
. In Ferrari never quite
found form, and had to relinquish the title to Renault, and Schumacher passed the crown to Fernando Alonso.
In Ferrari had a
poor start to the season, but clearly had the fastest car by the
end of that season.
On 26 October 2006 Ferrari announced that Brawn was to leave the
team. It was believed that he would take a one year sabbatical
, to allow other members of the Ferrari
technical departments to advance within the team.
Towards the end of 2007 it was reported that Brawn was to join the
big-spending Red Bull outfit as part of a package intended to
attract two times world champion Fernando Alonso, but it was
announced on 12 November 2007 that Brawn was to become the new team
principal of Honda F1 .. He started working with the British-based
team on 26 November 2007.
With the withdrawal of Honda from Formula One announced in late
2008 Brawn was effectively out of the sport unless a buyer could
quickly be found. This was unfortunate for Brawn as he believed
that the team had a "race-winning car" for 2009.
On 5 March 2009 Brawn completed a 100% buy-out of Honda F1 and announced entry to the 2009 F1 World Championship under the new name Brawn GP.
Many aspects of Honda F1 were retained under the new ownership,
including the experienced driver line-up of Rubens Barrichello
and Jenson Button
. Brawn GP chose to source their
engines for the 2009 season from Mercedes-Benz
. In the
first Grand Prix of 2009 in Australia, Button qualified in pole
position with Barrichello in 2nd place, they went on to finish in
those positions. As of October 19, 2009, there have been 16 Grand
Prix races and Jenson Button has won 6 of them and Rubens
Barrichello has won 2, while the team has finished in both 1st and
2nd places in 4 races and have had 10 podiums.
The Brawn team was given a financial boost on the eve of the
Australian GP when Virgin
boss Sir Richard Branson
announced he was
going to become a team sponsor. The team now have a second sponsor on board,
The Swiss brokers
Brawn GP won
the 2009 Formula One World Constructors' Championship and one of
its drivers, Jenson Button, won the World Drivers' Championship at
the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes-Benz
in November 2009 in a deal
reported to be worth £110m. Ross, as majority shareholder, stands
to do very well financially from the deal and will remain as team
principal of the team. He and Nick Fry will keep a 24.9% share in
the new team.
Brawn escaped a driving ban after he admitted speeding at over
100mph on a dual carriageway. He was speeding in his Mercedes E320
on the 70mph limit A30 at Sourton near Okehampton, Devon on May 30
2009.Brawn paid a fine of £700, costs of £75, and had his licence
endorsed with six points.Following an offence in February 2009,
Brawn already had three points. A further speeding offence could
result in a ban lasting six months.