Perhaps one of the most successful team principals Formula One has ever seen, Ross Brawn OBE has worked with the sport’s leading teams and overseen some of the sport’s most talented drivers. A hugely knowledgeable motorsport speaker with extensive experience of the technical and physical side of the sport, Ross will intrigue and enlighten guests in any aspect of what makes Formula One so special.
Beginning his career in motorsport at March Engineering in 1976, Ross quickly moved up the ranks before being employed by Sir Frank Williams for the newly formed Williams F1 team. Moving onto to Haas Lola in 1985, Brawn was behind the Lola THL1 and THL2 cars, widely regarded as the nicest handling cars on the F1 grid at the time. Discussing his rise to the top of the sport, Ross gives an intriguing insight into the work involved off the grid as an after dinner speaker.
Moving to Benetton in 1991 as Technical Director, Brawn would play an integral part of the team that would win consecutive Drivers’ Championships with Michael Schumacher in ’94 and ’95. Brawn followed Schumacher to Ferrari in 1997 and after a period of ‘rebuilding’, the team went on to win six consecutive constructors titles alongside five consecutive driver’s titles for Schumacher between 2000 and 2004. This remarkable string of results would label Brawn as a vital member of the Ferrari ‘dream team’, alongside Schumacher, Jean Todt and Rory Byrne. Ross often talks about this period of his career as a motorsport speaker, discussing the factors that led the Ferrari team to become so successful.
After working with Honda in 2008, the team pulled out of the sport, leading to a buyout by Brawn and Nick Fry. Relabelled as Brawn GP, the team kept drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello and would go on to have unrivalled success for the majority of the season, culminating in victory in the constructors championship as well as the drivers’ title for Jenson Button. One of the great stories of the sport, Ross’ guidance of the own team is expertly told thanks to his first hand experience.
Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes after Jenson Button’s winning season in a highly lucrative deal for Brawn and shareholders. Staying on as Team Principal, Brawn masterminded Mercedes’ comeback to the sport by encouraging Michael Schumacher to come out of retirement and race for the team. Announcing his retirement from the sport in February 2014, Brawn had enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers ever seen within F1, making him a highly desirable personality to talk at events as a motorsport speaker.
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