100 Most Influential People in Formula 1 2019

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2. Ross Brawn | Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports

 

Position last year: 2
Age: 64
Bio: In charge of the sporting matters.

Ross has a tough task ahead of him to navigate his way through the 2020 Concorde agreement. There is also pressure to change the format of the actual race to make it more entertaining.

There is however arguably no one better to do this. As Chase Carey’s right hand man, being a former motorsport engineer and Formula 1 Team Principal, Ross Brawn is ideally positioned to take the sport forward.

Ross has worked for a number of Formula 1 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 Formula 1 for the 2008 season as the Team Principal of Honda. He was the owner of the Brawn GP team, which acquired the Honda team in early 2009, and won the Formula One Constructors and Drivers Championships that year. Mercedes bought into the team in November 2009, making Brawn Team Principal and Co-Owner with Nick Fry. In 2011, Brawn and Fry sold the remaining shares to Mercedes Benz, with Brawn remaining as Team Principal. In November 2013, it was announced that Brawn would step down, and the reins would be handed over to a management team consisting of Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff. Following speculation linking him with other teams, Brawn announced his retirement from Formula 1 in February 2014. Teams with Brawn in an essential role have won, in total, 8 constructors’ championships and 8 drivers’ championships.

On 23 January 2017, it was announced that Ross Brawn was appointed to the newly created role of Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports.




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