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. SamS said on 6th March 2009, 15:20

    more testing images on http://www.brawngp.com

  2. Loki said on 6th March 2009, 15:46

    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 :)

  3. djdaveyp said on 6th March 2009, 15:58

    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.

  4. ajokay said on 6th March 2009, 16:05

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

  5. 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…..

  6. KingHamilton said on 6th March 2009, 16:21

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

  7. StrFerrari4Ever said on 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 :)

  8. Striay said on 6th March 2009, 16:47

    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!

  9. Jess said on 6th March 2009, 17:12

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

  10. Obster said on 6th March 2009, 17:51

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. scunnyman said on 6th March 2009, 21:09

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

  13. richard said on 6th March 2009, 21:35

    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??

  14. 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.

  15. scunnyman said on 8th March 2009, 7:37

    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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