Brawn-Mercedes name change confirmed

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

It seemed little more than a formality but the F1 Commission has approved the new Mercedes Grand Prix team’s request to change its name from Brawn.

The FIA statement reads:

The team will continue to receive payments based on its historical performance. This has been granted on a one-off exceptional basis due to Mercedes-Benz?s long-term involvement and commitment to Formula One.

When the team became Brawn at the start of the year it lost the numbers it was originally allocated for 2009 and had to use 22 and 23 instead. This decision could mean Mercedes retain the numbers 3 and 4 which Brawn would have used this season.

It also means the Brawn team will disappear from F1 after just 17 races – the same number as Connaught (1952-9), Onyx (1989-90) and Spyker (2007).

Its record of turning up, winning both championships, and then disappearing, is a unique one, though we must acknowledge it was the product of highly unusual circumstances as well as an excellent performance by the team.

The record of the new Mercedes team will presumably pick up where its 1950s forebear left off. Appropriately, it is probably the only team that did as much winning as Brawn did in such a short space of time (if you can think of any others that compare, please post in the comments).

The original Mercedes team claimed nine victories in 12 starts for Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, before quitting motor sport after one if its cars was involved in the 1955 Le Mans disaster which killed 85 people.

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