100 Most Influential People in Formula 1 2017


2. Ross Brawn | Managing Director, Motor Sports for the Formula One Group

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Age: 62
Bio: In charge of the sporting matters
Google searches last 12 months: 1.9 million 

Ross is a highly respected member of the Formula 1 community, reporting directly to Chase Carey.

Being a former motorsport engineer and Formula 1 Team Principal, Ross Brawn 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 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 in 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 Managing Director, Motor Sports for the Formula One Group.

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