Ross Brawn, infamous for his role in Michael Schumacher’s career at both Ferrari and then Mercedes, has been appointed as Managing Director, Motor Sports in the newly formed Formula One company, otherwise known as Liberty Media.
Chase Carey, the newly appointed Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, announced the newly created role for Brawn, effective immediately in conjunction with the completion of Liberty Media's acquisition of Formula 1 announced earlier today.
Ross Brawn is one of the most successful and innovative Technical Directors in Formula 1 history. A Formula 1 legend with a 40 year engineering and management career in motor racing, he has won 22 World FIA Championships and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
His honours include 11 world titles with Ferrari and seven as part of Williams and Benetton. He went on to win the 2009 F1 World Drivers and Constructors' Championships with his own BrawnGP team, the Honda F1 team he rescued and renamed. Ross sold the team to Mercedes-Benz in 2010 and, over three years, laid the foundation that enabled the team to win the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Titles.
"It's fantastic to be returning to the world of Formula 1,” he said. “I've enjoyed consulting with Liberty Media these last few months and I'm looking forward to working with Chase, Sean and the rest of the Formula 1 Team to help the evolution of the sport. We have an almost unprecedented opportunity to work together with the teams and promoters for a better F1 for them and, most importantly, for the fans."
Carey also announced the appointment of Sean Bratches, who is credited as being one of ESPN's most influential leaders, with over 27 years of experience, most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, as Managing Director, Commercial Operations.