Although it’s been said that racing improves the breed, it also demands a considerable amount of time, patience, and money from all involved. That last factor was something Honda Motor Company didn’t have, and as such, it sold its Formula One operations to Ross Brawn.
If you’ve followed F1 racing in the least, Brawn’s name may seem familiar. After cutting his teeth as an engineer at Williams in the late 1970s, he’s since emerged as one of the prime technical directors in the sport, helping both Benneton and Ferrari win numerous World Championship titles. Following his resignation from Ferrari in 2006, he joined Honda’s operations in 2007, although the team hadn’t quite found its stride.
For the most part, we doubt the new team – known as Brawn GP – will differ much from the previous Honda organization. For starters, both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will continue to be the team’s drivers. We also hear their cars may still have a Honda influence. Honda previously indicated it would help finish development of the new RA109 car for future use, although we doubt that it will use Honda powertrain. Brawn’s confirmed the car will instead use 2.4-liter V-8 engines sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
Brawn GP plans on testing the new car in Spain throughout March, before heading to Melbourne, Australia for the season opener on March 29.