Currently reading: Ross Brawn tipped to take over Formula 1
A report by German media suggests the former Ferrari and Mercedes boss has signed a deal with F1 owner, Liberty Media
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1 November 2016

Ross Brawn is set to take over the helm of Formula 1's sporting regulations, according to reports.

Auto Bild Motorsport claims that the former boss of Ferrari and Mercedes’ racing teams has signed a deal with F1’s owner, Liberty Media, to run the sporting side of Formula 1 in future.

The German report suggests that the FIA, motorsport’s governing body, has approved the appointment, but offers no timescale on when he will take up the role. Brawn and current FIA boss Jean Todt worked closely together during their time with the Ferrari team.

Last week Brawn said he was interested in a return to F1, but not with a team.

“I would never go back to a team. I did everything I can in a team, but I would be repeating myself,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “For sure, trying to help F1 become a better F1 would be appealing. It would be the one thing that could be interesting. If you ask me what F1 needs, it needs a plan; a three-year and a five-year plan. My view is we haven’t got the ideal structure for creating that plan and implementing it over time.”

Brawn has been a senior figure in F1 for decades. He started his career in the 1970s with March Engineering and became a Formula 3 mechanic, then joined Williams in 1978, working in R&D and the aerodynamics department. Stints at Haas Lola and Arrows followed, then a move to Jaguar’s sportscar racing team, where he led the design of the world championship-winning Jaguar XJR14.

Returning to F1 in 1991, Brawn led Benetton to world titles in 1994 and 1995 as technical director, and then secured a string of driver and constructor championships with Ferrari between 1997 and 2006.

After joining Honda in 2008, Brawn led the buyout of the team when the manufacturer withdrew from F1, and promptly won the world title with the renamed Brawn team in 2009. When Mercedes took over the team, Brawn stayed until the end of 2013 and announced his retirement at the start of the following year.

Phill Tromans

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GODFATHER 2 November 2016

Is Ecclestone really the problem?

Bernie may be a money grabber but personally the biggest problem in F1 is the bureaucracy of the FIA. It was their idea to make F1 green by introducing these boring hybrids, fuel flow restriction, unit restrictions, token system and over complex unfair rules (like the Mexico GP saga). What the FIA has done is make Formula 1 a endurance race while ironically turning the WEC into a sprint race and in the mean while producing the Formula-E for environment racing.

Now ask yourself which is worse - bernies new tracks and high hosting fees, switching to pay per view, degrading tyre, DRS and KERS or the FIAs constant rules changes, Turbo engines, fuel flow restriction, engines development restrictions, engine usage limits, units 100% cost increase and the million investigations/penalties per race?

GODFATHER 2 November 2016

Is Ecclestone really the problem?

Bernie may be a money grabber but personally the biggest problem in F1 is the bureaucracy of the FIA. It was their idea to make F1 green by introducing these boring hybrids, fuel flow restriction, unit restrictions, token system and over complex unfair rules (like the Mexico GP saga). What the FIA has done is make Formula 1 a endurance race while ironically turning the WEC into a sprint race and in the mean while producing the Formula-E for environment racing.

Now ask yourself which is worse - bernies new tracks and high hosting fees, switching to pay per view, degrading tyre, DRS and KERS or the FIAs constant rules changes, Turbo engines, fuel flow restriction, engines development restrictions, engine usage limits, units 100% cost increase and the million investigations/penalties per race?

Marv 1 November 2016

Could do so much...

.... To improve the sport. I'm really looking forward to see what he does.

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