Brawn GP takes Honda F1’s place on the 2009 F1 grid – official

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button (left) will drive for Ross Brawn's team in 2009
Jenson Button (left) will drive for Ross Brawn's team in 2009

Ross Brawn has confirmed that his new team Brawn GP will take over from Honda and contest the 2009 F1 season.

As has been rumoured in recent weeks the team will use the same Mercedes engines as McLaren and Force India.

Ross Brawn will be team principal of his eponymous outfit and Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello have been retained as drivers.

A statement from Brawn reads:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you – our fans, our partners and our media colleagues – for your tremendous support during the past few months. It has been a challenging period but we have now achieved a very pleasing conclusion to the strenuous efforts which have been made to secure our future. We have also been left in no doubt as to the level of enthusiasm for the team and our ambitions.

Our focus now is on preparations for the first race of the 2009 calendar in Melbourne on 29 March. Over the coming weeks we will bring you the very latest news and pictures from the build-up to the Brawn GP team’s debut season plus our plans for the development of

The team are expected to begin testing at Silverstone tomorrow. Pitpass has reported a rumour suggesting Mike Gascoyne, who left Force India last year, could be brought on board as technical director.

Honda has issued the following statement:

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the sale of the Honda Racing F1 Team (HRF1) to Ross Brawn, the former Team Principal of Honda Racing F1 Team.

The entire shares of the HRF1, held by Honda GP Holdings Ltd., the UK-based holding company for HRF1 that managed all operations of Honda’s Formula One racing, were sold to Ross Brawn. As a result of this sale, the team ownership has transferred to Mr. Brawn, who plans to have the new team compete for this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship.

Hiroshi Oshima, Managing Officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. responsible for Corporate Communications and Motor Sports: “Since announcing our withdrawal from Formula One racing on December 5 of last year, we have conducted various studies and discussions so that the team can continue its activities as a new team. We are very pleased that we could sell the team to Ross Brawn, with whom we have been partaking in the challenges of F1 competition, and are grateful for his decision. We offer our sincerest wishes for the new team which will be led by Ross.”

Read the full press release on Brawn GP’s official website.

More on Brawn GP

Update: Here’s a picture of the 2009 Brawn GP F1 car: Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car

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  1. I did mean Swirve..hahaha. I think Eddie Jordan will be happy with his cushy job at the BBC just now.

    I just thought I’d drop him in there since he’s been interested in forming his own team, this might be the perfect oppurtunity to get the some hands on experience…thats is of course, if he’s not busy chasing some skirt.

    I thought I’d be fun..haha..but it would be good to see ol’ Eddie back in the paddock

  2. Somehow Irvine and management just don’t seem to go hand in hand. Mind you, he apparently was not only one of the top earners, but also one of the top keepers and investors of his money, but still, I just can’t see him running an F1 squad.

  3. Well, you’d never know. I think Eddie is a pretty sharp chap, he just might pull it off.

    Who else better than Ross Brawn to guide him?

    We’re going on about this as if its going to happen..hahaha

  4. Off topic.
    I noticed a new engine cover plate on the Red Bull, during Jerez tests. Fin shaped but with new profile. Any picture of that?, Keith
    I saw something on last picture frames.

  5. Great news!
    Maybe The Virgin group will become the main sponsor?
    Could be why Branson was seen as a possible buyer.

  6. Just the news I’ve been waiting for! Great news the TEAM has survived. Such a crucial year for Jenson with the prospect of no drive would have been a career ender. Glad Rubens is on board too and I think thats more to do with Brawn and the realisation they need his input. Everyone remembers last years Silverstone for Lewis’s sterling drive but Rubens is the one that stood out to me. His call on the timing of tyre choice got them on the podium and a stellar drive from him. Looks like I need to buy some new team merchandise too ;) :D

  7. Great News ! ! !

    And best of Luck to Ross Brawn. This man has achieved everything in F1. Gone into retirement, come back, rescued a team as well. A victory in at least 1 race this season will be a perfect tribute to Ross Brawn :)

    1. Good news is they did manage at least 1 win

  8. Good news indeed!!

    would like to see the black and green of the “BRAWN GP website used on the cars livery could look pretty ace.

  9. i think this is my new favorite “other team”.
    but one thing stunned me that they are using M.B power? whatever happened to the Ferrari-Ross Brawn special relationship. and those ferrari engines were crackers with Torro Rosso last year.

  10. Great news, I was beginning to think it wouldn’t happen. I hope they have all the finances and resources to be a long term fixture in Formula 1. I think they will become a few peoples other team just like Super Aguri were.

  11. Congrats to them. With this new dawn, they can seriously cut off all the big egos there and operate a lean mean organization.

    I really now have my doubts about Gascoyne’s aerodynamics abilities. What did Briatore have to say about Gascoyne after he left Renault for Toyota, “After he left, we got faster”.
    At Toyota, all he seemed to do was just add fins and more fins to the car, almost giving the car more fins that some prehistoric reptiles I know, all this despite a heavy budget. By this time all the other cars on the grid were featuring those undercut sidepods but Toyota still had the square variety.

    I get the impression his policy is lets try everything, we may stumble upon something, rather than working with a clear and coherent design strategy.

  12. I’ve read rumours of a major sponsor coup on RealHondaF1 forum (which seems to have team members posting on it) – possible colours metallic blue with red and white flashes. Speculation is Pepsi or British Airways…

    Apparently there will be a proper team/livery launch on Thursday in Melbourne…

  13. good on them. I have supported Honda since the BAR days, really liked their set up. I hope that they do well this year, I certainly will be egging them on!

  14. is the website’s black and yellow theme a hint of the car’s colour scheme? =)

  15. @ iceshiel
    yeah i think the color of website may be transformed to the design of the livery.just a rumour.nothing concrete yet.

  16. Sush Meerkat
    6th March 2009, 12:29

    I’m glad they didn’t accept Bernie’s offer, Bernie F1, chortle.

    Anyway, he only put in a bid cos that would give him rights to be in FOTA.

  17. Yeah!

    It would’ve been really bad to see just 18 cars on the grid in Melbourne…

    There is just one thing – why Brawn GP? I know that there were several F1 teams named by the owner but for some reason it just seems wrong…

    I’m also wondering what’s in it for Brawn? Is he now the owner of all buldings, facilities, equipment and wind tunnels? If yes even I wouldn’t mind ‘buying’ and running the ex-Honda team :D

    1. if thats ther 2009 car that is a very advanced front wing definition

  18. Like it. The Brawn GP name is a great addition to Formula 1. Let’s hope the team in this guise accumulates some history to go with it.

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