Ross Brawn

Tuesday 23rd November 1954

Born on this day, Ross Brawn, an English former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal. Brawn’s carrer in motorsport began with March in 1976 and taking him via Williams, the now-defunct FORCE-Beatrice-Haas and Arrows Formula 1 teams to Tom Walkinshaw’s Jaguar sports car team. He succeeded in designing the cars which won the 1991 Sportscar World Championship. Later that year, Walkinshaw would promote Brawn to technical director of the Benetton Formula 1 team the Scot became involved with, helping them win back-to-back world driver championships in 1994 and 1995 with Michael Schumacher at the helm. Ross Brawn followed Schumacher to the Ferrari F1 team in 1996. After a few ‘rebuilding’ years, Ferrari regained glory in 1999 by winning the first of six consecutive constructor titles as well as five consecutive driver’s titles for Schumacher, beginning in 2000. After a break in 2007, Brawn returned to F1 working for the Honda F1 Team in 2008 which was renamed Brawn Racing and won the 2009 constructor title as well as the driver’s title for Jensen Button.

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