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Team Principals pay tribute to Ross Brawn as he steps away from Formula 1!

An illustrious 46 year old career and the ground breaking BrawnGP F1 team defined how Ross Brawn changed Formula 1 forever.

Ross Brawn has decided to step away from Formula 1 after having served a 5 year stint as the Managing Director of Motorsports. He joined in 2017 having had a scintillating 46 year career in the sport after which he joined F1 itself. Looking at embarking on a new journey now, let’s have a brief look at his achievement within F1 and outside of F1 management as team principal.

Brawn might be known to newer fans for his F1 management role but, older fans will remember his “claim to fame” with the incredible, physics defying Brawn GP race cars that left everyone in the dust and being perfectly legal. He had also enjoyed tremendous success with teams like Benetton, Ferrari, Honda and even Mercedes. Interestingly, when Brawn joined the F1 management, he was a key player in bringing about the technical regulations which gave us close racing in 2022 and introducing the budget cap as well. His achievements have been great and the team bosses have had a lot to say about him.

Andreas Seidl – Mclaren team boss

“I think we can only thank Ross for everything he has done for us teams and for Formula 1, not just in these years he was working for Formula 1, but throughout this entire career, I would say. It was obviously important with everything that Formula 1 has put in place in the last years, be it on the regulation side, on the Concorde side, that an experienced guy like Ross was helping, guiding Formula 1, guiding the FIA, guiding the teams as well. I think in the end, we ended up with a great foundation for a great future of Formula 1 thanks to all his work and I simply wish him all the best for his next chapter in life. I still looking forward to see him from time to time and have a good chat, because obviously, his views will always be welcomed and important for future decisions.”

Guenther Steiner – Haas F1

“I think that is the biggest compliment we can give to Ross, because that was his child, basically, to put these regulations through and put us in this place before he moves on to what he’s going to do next,” Steiner commented. He was present when it was needed to make these things happen for Formula 1, and the success of Formula 1 in the moment is partly down also to him. It’s a team effort, but he was a big part of the team, so thank you, Ross, and all the best for the future.”

Otmar Szafnauer – Alpine 

“We owe a lot to Ross and [say] a big thank you to him. He had a big hand in these regulations. I think we’ve achieved the entertainment value that we wanted. I wish him all the best in whatever he does next, be it fishing or whatever he enjoys. We all work hard towards that day of retirement, and we should congratulate him on having a fabulous career in Formula 1 and getting to that retirement age. Also [I want to] thank him for all the efforts from being a team owner and winning a championship, to winning with Ferrari and then taking all that experience and helping Formula 1 in general to shape it for the future – so many thanks.”

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Prakhar K.

Editor-in-chief and 4-wheel fanatic

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