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.

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Pete Walker
    6th March 2009, 13:51

    There’s another image now on

  4. 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?

  5. All I can say is: it’s about darn time!

    I couldn’t stand the rumours and speculation anymore!

    Now we can look forward to Australia with 20 :)

  6. That front wing looks very interesting. I really hope that they’re at least a front running team. You have to be impressed with the car they’ve knocked together through all the doubts and strained. I wonder if they have a KERS system.

  7. I should think they could easily get hold of a McLaren KERS to go with their gearbox and engine.

  8. Oliver, don’t forget that Gascoyne had two teams of designers, each one working on the following year’s car, so while the one team was refining the 2005 car, the next team had already started on 2006. So, if they were faster after Mike left, I believe he still gets credit for Renault getting faster after he left. Besides, I’ll take anything Briatore says with a grain of salt…..

  9. KingHamilton
    6th March 2009, 16:21

    Excellent news.Wish they could of thought of a more interesting name though, but Ill still support them.

  10. StrFerrari4Ever
    6th March 2009, 16:38

    Great news finally its confirmed and 20 cars at Melbourne sounds just about right i dont know about you but from these pictures it certainly looks as if it’s going to be fast hopefully at the Barcelona test they can have some good pace and continue with it to Melbourne i wonder what sponsors they are going to have on that car? now i’m waiting to see the Str and then that Barcelona test should be a cracker :)

  11. Seeing Jenson at the tests at jerez from the 15th to the 17th !! cant wait!! anyone want to tell him anything lol im writing a congrats card and giving it to him at Jerez! lol im a little board! Gr8 news though i saw it coming!

  12. I think that is good. I dont see them being competitve but I hope they can grow and prosper.

  13. Brawn knows what he is doing-having led Ferrari to the top.
    I hope this removes the roadblocks to progress that seemed to be present with Honda.

  14. well done to ross brawn and i hope this is the beginning of a fantastic era for RB. and i am also happy they reatained to of f1 most honest true racing drivers.

  15. I think that if the rumours about EDDIE IRVINE are right then hown is he any better than NICK FRY?

  16. great news for f1,glad jb still has a drive.Wish all the best to brawngp.
    Looking at pics of m schumacher this week looking bored at testing,will he be joining brawn soon??

    1. Maybe he’ll come out of retirement and partner Jenson in 2010

  17. This really is good news. And with the touted inclusion of USF1 next year, we may yet see some decent grid sizes. And I am very glad Rubens got the nod, it would have been awful if he was just left out in the cold.

  18. I wonder if BrawnGP will be using all the mercedes stuff on their car aswell as the engine, like the gearbox and kers system too or did honda already come up with their own kers.

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