Ross Brawn is set to replace Bernie Ecclestone as the head of Formula One, according to German publication Auto Bild.
As a highly sought after former team manager and designer, Ross Brawn has been in demand. Although he has recently stated in public that he wouldn’t want to return to a team in Formula One, due to the politics involved. It was only last week in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that Brawn confirmed he would like to make a return to the sport, claiming that ‘helping F1’ would be ‘attractive’ to him.
Winning championships with Benetton and Ferrari together with Michael Schumacher, Brawn was one of the ‘superteam’ combined with Rory Byrne. He moved to Honda, which wasn’t successful until they left the sport, and he ran it under his own name ‘Brawn GP’ in 2009, in what was one of the most extraordinary seasons in the sport which led to both the drivers and constructors championship. Although he stayed after the Mercedes buyout, tensions were clearly building before his departure three years ago.
With the change of ownership in Formula One to the Liberty Media group, speculation has grown about the departure of Ecclestone and the options there are to replace him. Names which have been floated around have included Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Formula E boss Alejandro Agag.
There is a lot going for the speculation, with Brawn operating a similar style of management to Ecclestone (he runs the show), he has worked previously with Jean Todt who is now the FIA President, and is well respected throughout the paddock.