Better Call Brawn: Phone ‘always switched on’ if F1 bosses need help

Sam Cooper
F1 managing director Ross Brawn in an F1 branded jacket. Spain May 2021

F1 managing director Ross Brawn with a face mask on while wearing an F1 branded jacket. Spain May 2021

Despite retiring in 2022, Ross Brawn has offered his services should any Formula 1 boss want to pick up the phone and ask for help.

Brawn’s 31-year career in Formula 1 came to an end last season when he retired from his role as managing director and he did so as one of the most influential people ever to be involved in the sport.

He was responsible for eight Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships during his career and his name is also synonymous with the 2009 team that secured the world title in its only season of competing.

In recent years, his work within the F1 structure has redefined the sport with aspects such as the cost cap and the sweeping changes to regulations in 2022 being introduced during his tenure.

Given his longevity in the sport, it is clear Formula 1 holds a special place and despite retiring at the age of 68, he has said he is only a phone call away should anyone want his advice.

“I’ll keep a little bit of interest,” he told “Stefano [Domenicali] is a very good friend and, as I said to him, my phone is always switched on.

“So if there’s anything I can help with, and it doesn’t absorb too much of my time, I’d be only too pleased to be able to help. But it will be very much an advisory role, rather than an active role.”

Brawn has watched the sport evolve since his first experience in 1991 and believes that Formula 1 can produce entertainment that no other sport can.

“It’s a wonderful sport and it’s this amazing combination of technology and driving talent,” the former Ferrari man said.

“You can have great drivers in rubbish cars and average drivers in brilliant cars, and sometimes brilliant drivers in brilliant cars. And the fact it changes so much during the season.

“If you look at most sports, if you look at athletics or tennis – someone tends to be at the top of the tree and, unless they have an off day, it’s very difficult for anyone to beat them.

“This sport, you might be winning – and I know we’ve had periods of domination – then someone comes up and makes a lot of progress with the car and suddenly you’re not winning. We have that dynamic going on all the time. And different tracks.

“So, I think it’s a unique sport and I’m just so pleased to see the passion that’s grown after, quite honestly, the sport was in the doldrums for a few years.”

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