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Honda appoint Ross Brawn as Team Principal

The Daily Telegraph is this morning reporting that Ross Brawn will shortly be announced as Honda’s new Team Principal.

Brawn’s future has been the subject of much speculation since he left Ferrari last year. Although he hasn’t kept his desire to run an F1 team secret the speculation up to now has been that he’d replace Jean Todt as head of the Scuderia. However, Ferrari’s remarkable double win this year, their first for three years, and Todt’s determination to continue meant that the Ferrari bosses were unable to make the switch they wanted to.

What does it mean for Honda?

Brawn’s record on the track is enviable. At Ferrari he orchestrated an era of dominance by Michael Scuhmacher never before seen in the sport. At Honda expect him to have complete control of both technical and strategic sides of the team — there is no way he’d have jumped on board a sunken ship without that kind of guarantee. Also expect Honda to have pledged significant resources to providing Brawn with a car that can win. It may be too late for Brawn to influence the 2008 car by 2010, if Brawn has anything to do with it, the Japanese-outfit should be back at the top-end of the grid.

For the Scuderia the outlook is more uncertain. There is no doubt they hankered over the return of Brawn to skipper the team into the early part of next decade. The dalliance my not be over yet. If Honda fail to give Brawn the control he craves and demands, and success isn’t forthcoming he may be asked to take over the reigns at Ferrari. And that will be a terribly hard offer to refuse.


November 12, 2007 at 4:01 am Leave a comment

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