It’s official: Honda, not Ferrari, gets more Brawn

Mon, 12 November 2007, 12:58

After rife speculation this morning, Honda has announced that Ross Brawn will be its new team principal from 26 November. Nick Fry is staying on as CEO. Ross Brawn has been charged with “full responsibility for designing, manufacturing, engineering and racing Honda’s Formula One car”.

Nick Fry had this to say: “One of my main tasks over the past six months has been to attract new talent to the team and we have made a number of key appointments in the areas of aerodynamics, design, engineering, marketing and on the racing team. Today’s announcement that Ross Brawn is to join our team is a very satisfying conclusion to the process of refreshing and revitalising a strong and determined team. Ross obviously needs no introduction. His experience of winning world championships in Formula One will be crucial as we seek to put Honda back into championship contention and I am delighted that we will be working together to achieve that.”

Says Brawn: “Honda has a proud heritage in Formula One and the opportunity to help the team to realise its potential represents a fantastic new challenge for me in the sport. The team has already done a great job of giving due consideration to its future and has spent a good deal of time putting in place both people and first class engineering resources to achieve its ambitions. I look forward to working alongside what I know to be some very talented people and helping Honda to rediscover its winning ways.”

Ferrari was widely thought to be the natural choice for Brawn, where it has been speculated he will replace Jean Todt as Team Principal.

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