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Ross Brawn (born 23 November 1954) is an English motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal. He has worked for a number of Formula One teams, serving as the technical director of the championship-winning Benetton and Ferrari teams. He took a sabbatical from the sport in 2007 but returned to F1 for the 2008 season as Team Principal of Honda. He was the owner of the Brawn GPmarker 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 principal.

Early life and family

Brawn was born in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker and attended Reading Schoolmarker in Reading, Berkshiremarker. In the early 1970s he was taken on as a trainee engineer by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at its Atomic Energy Research Establishmentmarker in Harwell, Oxfordshiremarker, where he studied instrumentation.

Brawn lives in Stoke Rowmarker, near Henley-on-Thamesmarker. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, fishing and listening to music. In 2006 Brawn received an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from Brunel Universitymarker for his services to motorsport.


His career in motorsport began in 1976 when he joined March Engineering in the town of Bicestermarker as a milling machine operator. 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 department and as an aerodynamicist in the team's wind tunnel.

After brief stints with the now-defunct Haas Lola and Arrows F1 teams Brawn's efforts caught the attention of Jaguar, which 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 cars which won the 1991 World Sportscar Championship.


Later in 1991 Brawn returned to F1 as technical director of the Benetton team, helping it win back-to-back World Drivers' Championships in 1994 and 1995 with Michael Schumacher, and to take the World Constructors' Championship 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 strategy.


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 Rory Byrne. In Ferrari never quite found form, and had to relinquish the title to Renaultmarker, 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.

Brawn GP

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 GPmarker.

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 Swissmarker brokers MIG Investments. 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.

Speeding offence

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.



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