Team bosses praise departing Ross Brawn amid Ferrari rumour

Ross Brawn has confirmed that after nearly 50 years in Formula One, he will be stepping away to focus on a new venture.

Ross Brawn became an integral part of Formula 1 back in 2017, when the 68-year-old stepped up to become F1’s Managing Director of Motorsport, and has contributed to some of the most beneficial changes in the sport.

The Brit was heavily involved in the major regulation changes at the start of the 2022 season, which have helped allow better racing and a more competitive grid, and this will turn out to be Brawn’s final act in F1, as he steps down from his role to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.

Brawn has been involved in F1 for 46 years, serving as a team principal for the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes as well as creating his own team, Brawn GP, just over a decade ago.

Other team principals on the grid have praised Brawn for the positive impact that he has had on the spot, paying fitting tributes to the man who has brought so much good to Formula 1 over the years.

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“We owe a lot to Ross and [say] a big thank you to him,” said Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer.

“He had a big hand in these regulations. I think we’ve achieved the entertainment value that we wanted.

“I wish him all the best in whatever he does next, be it fishing or whatever he enjoys. We all work hard towards that day of retirement, and we should congratulate him on having a fabulous career in Formula 1 and getting to that retirement age.”

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has also congratulated Brawn on his stellar career in Formula 1, praising the longevity and impact of the Brit on the sport.

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“I think we can only thank Ross for everything he has done for us teams and for Formula 1, not just in these years he was working for Formula 1, but throughout his entire career, I would say,” said Seidl.

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“I think in the end, we ended up with a great foundation for a great future of Formula 1 thanks to all his work and I simply with him all the best for his next chapter in life.

“I still look forward to see him from time to time and have a good chat, because obviously, his views will always be welcomes and important for future decisions.”

Another lasting impact of Brawn’s time in F1 will be the budget cap, meaning that the 68-year-old will hopefully be able to sit back on his sofa and enjoy watching a more compact and competitive grid, as his new regulations have the impact that fans have been calling for for years.