Ex-F1 champion confirms Disney+ series

The story of Brawn GP is one of Formula 1's most incredible.

Jenson Button has confirmed that a documentary series telling the story of Brawn GP and the 2009 season is coming to Disney+.

Said story is without a doubt one of the most remarkable in the history of Formula 1.

A few months before the start of the 2009 campaign, Button was left without a seat after his team, Honda, pulled out of the sport.

However, team principal Ross Brawn stepped in to buy the outfit, renaming it Brawn GP. The plan was to simply keep it alive while a long-term solution was found.

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They didn’t merely make up the numbers though as had been expected, with the car that Honda built turning out to be the fastest on the grid by quite some way as they had taken advantage of a loophole in the regulations. 

Button went on to win the Drivers’ Championship with the team taking the Constructors’ Championship, claiming eight victories along the way.

Red Bull closed the gap in the second half of the season, but it never really looked like they wouldn’t claim both titles.

At the end of the season, the outfit was bought by Mercedes, who went on to dominate the sport more than anyone else ever has. 

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Disney are to tell the above story in a four-part documentary series, Button has announced on social media. 

“Exciting news!” he wrote on Instagram. 

“I’ve been working on a four-part series for Disney+ called ‘Brawn: The One Pound Formula 1 Team’ covering the incredible F1 Championship Season of 2009.

“You don’t want to miss this one, coming soon to DisneyPlus.”

The series will be narrated by Keanu Reeves and feature interviews with all of the key members of the team.

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It’s Disney’s first foray into Formula 1 documentaries but most likely not their last.

Having seen the immense success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series, they’ll no doubt be keen to try and replicate such success themselves. 

While no other shows have been announced, it’s likely that they’ll do other series similar to the Brawn, telling stories from F1’s past.

Such shows are more likely than any covering current events in F1 for the time being given Netflix’s monopoly on that front.