Brawn to head up Honda F1 engine supply project…or return to Ferrari?
28 November, 2013
Mercedes announced that Ross Brawn is leaving the German team, as has been reported by us for some months, and the latest speculation is that he will resurface as head of Honda’s next F1 foray starting in 2015 as engine supplier to McLaren, although a return to Ferrari may also be on the cards.
Brawn, 58, has been the Brackley based Team’s Principal since even before the Stuttgart marque took over in 2010.
Bild reports that Brawn will take some months off to indulge his passion for fishing, but that there is a “very good chance” that he will return to Formula 1 with McLaren’s 2015 engine supplier, Honda.
In October, Brawn was adamant when asked by the BBC about his future, “I’m not talking to Honda, I’m not talking to McLaren.”
Brawn was the boss of Honda’s Brackley based works team until the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of Formula 1 at the end of 2008.
He led a management buyout, after which he won the title with Jenson Button as Brawn GP in 2009.
Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes-Benz in November 2009 in a deal reported to be worth $ 176 million. Brawn, the majority shareholder, remained as Team Principal.
He and Nick Fry each kept a 24.9% share in the new team, which was then sold to Mercedes in early 2011.
Jenson Button, who powered to the 2009 F1 World Championship driving for Brawn GP, said recently, “One thing is for sure – Ross Brawn will not join the team next season.”
Speculation that he could find his way to Williams was denied by Claire Williams, “There have been no conversations with Ross.”
A return to Ferrari has also been suggested, but Team Principal Stefano Domenicali was evasive when asked about the possibility.
“I cannot answer that question because whatever answer I give, there will be a lot of titles on the newspapers,” he said “I have such a respect for Ross, as a friend first of all, and as a professional that, really, let’s wait and see.”
There is also a chance that Brawn could reunite with his former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, who is now president of Formula 1′s governing FIA. (GMM)
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