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

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 BrawnGP.com

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

  1. Oliver said on 6th March 2009, 11:13

    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.

  2. Heckie said on 6th March 2009, 11:14

    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…

  3. SamS said on 6th March 2009, 11:35

    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!

  4. iceshiel said on 6th March 2009, 11:55

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

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

  6. Sush Meerkat said on 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.

  7. Pawel said on 6th March 2009, 12:38

    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

  8. David - BR said on 6th March 2009, 12:57

    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.

  9. GST said on 6th March 2009, 13:06

    Brawn could cut costs next year by taking the new FIA approved Cosworth V8 engine and gearbox and the new cost-reducing parts and reduced prices. Ditch Mercedes units and millions could be saved. Brawn GP could be the first to embrace this new measures. If he can make it through this season without too much hassle and get decent (for what he has) results, then next year the team could have access to engines, gearboxes and software/hardware etc that would help trim the inflated budget of an F1 team.

  10. No Fry, no Honda, just Ross and possibly Gascoyne. I wish them well. They seem to be assuming the role of a latter day Minardi, albeit with a slightly better chance at success.

    cCn’t wait to see how they test next week.

  11. Pete Walker said on 6th March 2009, 13:51

    There’s another image now on http://www.brawngp.com/

  12. The Limit said on 6th March 2009, 13:58

    Really fantastic news, what a relief! I can only wish
    Ross Brawn and his new team the very best for 2009 and beyond. He really is the best man to lead this
    reunited team forward, and has made a good decision in
    keeping Button and Barrichello onboard.
    What we must remember, is that Brawn played a massive part in winning the five championships for Ferrari and
    Michael Schumacher. He is one of the smartest people on that pitlane.
    I will laugh my socks off if this team enjoys more
    success without the Honda millions than with. That would be the perfect tonic wouldn’t it?

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