Formula 1 has a new owner and big changes could be heading to the series.
Auto Bild Motorsport reports that former technical director and team owner Ross Brawn will reportedly become the new chief of Formula 1, a role that he will succeed current Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone. Brawn has reportedly agreed to a contract with Liberty Media, the new owners of the race series, and it is understood that the FIA has also given the nod of approval. Current FIA president Jean Todt worked with Brawn at Ferrari from 1997 to 2006, arguably the team’s most successful era in its history.
It’s unclear how Brawn’s involvement will affect Ecclestone, who will remain as CEO following the Liberty Media buyout. Brawn has a storied history with Formula 1 and motorsports, entering the series in 1978 as a machinist with Williams. He eventually ended up at Jaguar Sportcar racing serving as lead designer of the Jaguar XJR-14 that won the 1991 World Sportscar Championship. He also served as technical director at Benetton F1 Team and Ferrari.
After leaving Ferrari in 2006, Brawn took a break and came back to Formula 1 in 2007 with Honda. Heading the team’s takeover two years later when Honda pulled out, the Brawn GP team garnered a double championship in 2009. Mercedes has since bought the team and Brawn retired from Formula 1, although that seems short lived.
[Source: Auto Bild Motorsport]