Brawn returns to F1 in management role

Date published: January 24 2017

Former Ferrari and Mercedes man Ross Brawn is back in Formula 1 after being handed a key role by new owner Liberty Media.

A legend in Formula 1, Brawn won 11 with Ferrari and seven with Williams and Benetton while his Brawn GP team claimed the double in their one and only season in the sport in 2009.

Selling the team to Mercedes, the former technical director, walked away from F1 in 2012.

He is, however, back in Formula 1.

The Englishman has been named Managing Director, Motor Sports, by Liberty Media as part of the restructuring in the wake of Bernie Ecclestone’s departure as CEO.

“It’s fantastic to be returning to the world of Formula 1,” said Brawn.

“I’ve enjoyed consulting with Liberty Media these last few months and I’m looking forward to working with Chase [Carey], Sean [Bratches] and the rest of the Formula 1 team to help the evolution of the sport.

“We have an almost unprecedented opportunity to work together with the teams and promoters for a better F1 for them and, most importantly, for the fans.”

Chairman Chase Carey, who has taken over from Ecclestone as the sport’s CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ross back to Formula 1.

“In his 40 years in the sport, he’s brought his magic touch to every team with which he has worked, has almost unparalleled technical knowledge, experience and relationships, and I have already benefitted greatly from his advice and expertise.”

Meanwhile former ESPN man Sean Bratches is the new Managing Director, Commercial Operations.