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Brawn GP
Full name Brawn GP Formula One Team
Base Brackley, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Founder(s) Ross Brawn
Noted staff Ross Brawn
Nick Fry
Loïc Bigois
Jörg Zander
Noted drivers United Kingdom Jenson Button
Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Formula One World Championship career
Engines Mercedes-Benz FO 108W
Debut 2009 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 17
Constructors' Championships 1
Drivers' Championships 1
Race victories 8
Podiums 15
Pole positions 5
Fastest laps 4
Final race 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Brawn GP Formula One Team, the trading name of Brawn GP Limited, was a Formula One motor racing team and constructor, created by a management buy-out of Honda Racing F1 Team. It competed in the 2009 Formula One World Championship. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were the team's drivers.

On its racing debut, the season-opening 2009 Australian Grand Prix, the team took pole position and 2nd place in qualifying and went on to finish first and second in the race. Button won six of the first seven races of the season and on 18 October at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he secured the 2009 Drivers' Championship and the team won the Constructors' Championship. Barrichello won twice and finished third in the Drivers' Championship. The team won eight of the season's seventeen races, and by winning both titles in its only year of competition became the first to achieve a 100% championship success rate.

On 16 November 2009 it was confirmed that the team's engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz, in partnership with Aabar Investments had purchased a 75.1% stake in Brawn GP (Mercedes: 45.1%; Aabar: 30%),[1] which was re-named Mercedes GP for the 2010 season.[2]





Brawn GP was formed on 6 March 2009 when it was confirmed that Ross Brawn, the former technical director for the Honda Racing F1 Team, Ferrari and Benetton teams, had bought the team from Honda[3] in the wake of the Japanese marque's withdrawal from the sport in December 2008. On 17 March 2009 the FIA officially agreed to the name change from Honda Racing F1 Team to Brawn GP. Although the team can be seen as a continuation of the Honda team (arguably the 4th incarnation of Tyrrell/BAR/Honda), the FIA considered Brawn GP to be an entirely new entry, but Keith Hayes, Vice President of FIA, agreed to waive the standard entry fee in recognition of the team's circumstances.[4]

The new team used Mercedes-Benz engines[5] with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello comprising the driver line-up.

Although Honda were thought to be the first team to run a KERS in 2008,[6] Ross Brawn stated in an interview that owing to the circumstances of the change in ownership the team had not had the time to develop the system.[7] On 20 March it was confirmed that Brawn GP would be allocated the final pitlane slot, with Force India moving up one slot. Bernie Ecclestone suggested that this was due to the takeover involving a name change, saying that "If ... it was called Honda ... [w]hatever was due to Honda, they [Brawn GP] would have got."[8] For this reason Brawn GP were initially assigned numbers 20 and 21 after Force India were assigned Honda's old numbers of 18 and 19. This however was changed at the request of Force India because their promotional material had already been printed with numbers 20 and 21. Brawn had no objection and were reassigned numbers 22 and 23, with 18 and 19 not assigned to anyone.[9]

2009 race season

Jenson Button en route to his win at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team started off strongly on the Friday Practice of the Australian Grand Prix finishing in the top five. In qualifying at Australia Jenson Button took pole, with fellow teammate Rubens Barrichello coming 2nd, followed by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.[10] This was followed by a race win for Jenson Button, who led from start to finish, with Rubens Barrichello second [11] giving Brawn a 1-2 finish on their debut, which had not happened since Mercedes did it in the 1954 French Grand Prix.[12]

Jenson Button won the rain-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix from pole and picked up the fastest lap.[13] With the win in Malaysia, Brawn GP became the only constructor to win their first two races since Alfa Romeo won the first ever two World Championship Grands Prix at the 1950 British Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix.[14]

At the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix Barrichello qualified in front of Button for the first time this season but in the rain Jenson Button finished 3rd with Rubens Barrichello 4th behind the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.[15]

Rubens Barrichello couldn't beat Button on race day in Monaco.

Button won again at the Bahrain Grand Prix from fourth on the grid with Barrichello in fifth from sixth. Button ran most of the race in clean air and maintained the lead after the Toyotas pitted and fell down the order. This was the first time they were slower, with the fuel corrected qualifying times, in the season and was blamed on the lack of development on the car.[16]

At the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix, Brawn achieved their second 1-2 of the season with Button leading home Barrichello again. Brawn's fourth win saw them overtake Honda on the all-time wins list.[17]

Button at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix.

At the Monaco Grand Prix the same qualifying results as in Spain were achieved with Button on pole. Button led Barrichello, who'd overtaken Kimi Räikkönen off the line, into the first corner with Button leading Barrichello, Räikkönen and Felipe Massa for the majority of the race. Button took Brawn's third 1-2 and his first hat trick of wins.[18]

At the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix the Brawns were beaten to pole by Vettel after struggling with pace throughout Friday and Saturday, for Button especially. At the start, Barrichello's anti-stall cut in and he fell to the back of the grid; Button meanwhile, after pointing the car at Vettel got off cleanly and inherited the lead at turn 10 when Vettel ran wide. Button lead the race calmly for the rest of the race with his team mate having many incidents before giving Brawn their first retirement after losing seventh gear.[19]

At the British Grand Prix both drivers struggled for the team’s home race. The car couldn't heat up the tyres enough and both drivers struggled with balance issues. Button had his worst qualifying of the season in sixth with Barrichello achieving second. In the race neither of the drivers shone and both had rather quiet races to third and sixth with Button having a late surge.[20]

At the German Grand Prix the team suffered the same fate as in Britain as both drivers suffered with tyre temperatures.[21] The team qualified light as to get onto the front row and qualified behind Webber in second and third, respectively.[22] Despite leading in the first stint, Barrichello finished sixth after a faulty fuel rig ruined his race. Button ran in the low points after getting stuck behind Kovalainen and managed to overtake Barrichello to finish fifth after the team inverted their pit-stop laps to lessen his disadvantage to contenders Webber and Vettel who finished first and second respectively.[23]

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Brawn suffered the same uncompetitiveness after experiencing their worst qualifying of the season with Button in eighth and Barrichello in thirteenth, respectively. Although, the reason for Barrichello's underperformance was caused by his rear suspension failing resulting in a spring falling off and subsequently striking Ferrari's Felipe Massa on the helmet resulting in serious head injuries. Button too was affected by this as his car spent most of Q3 being checked to make sure the same components would not fail and ended up qualifying with much more fuel than planned. In the race neither driver showed much pace although when the temperatures hit 40oC Button was the fastest man on the track at that point. Button managed to repass Trulli through the final pit stops and pick up seventh with his teammate in tenth closely behind Nakajima and Trulli.[24]

At the European Grand Prix, Barrichello won for the first time in five years, one of the longest gaps between Grand Prix victories in Formula One history. Barrichello started third on the grid, behind the rejuvenated Mclaren Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. While Barrichello thrived, Button started low down the grid, and finished the race in 7th after the retirement of Sebastian Vettel from 4th.

At the Belgian Grand Prix Button again had a dismal showing and was taken out by Romain Grosjean on the first lap. Barrichello started 4th, but again had a clutch issue at the start, but managed to work his way up to 7th, his car's engine bursting into flames as he entered the pits.

At the Italian Grand Prix, the Brawns were fuelled heavy, and started 5th (Barrichello) and 6th (Button). Both Brawns managed to make it past the heavily fuelled Kovalainen in the opening laps, and both kept up their pace to complete their final one-two of the season, Barrichello in first, Button in second.

At the Singapore Grand Prix, both drivers suffered problems in qualifying, Button failing to make it into the third session.

At the Japanese Grand Prix Brawn had the opportunity to clinch the 2009 Constructors Championship, however the drivers started 6th and 10th. Both drivers had reasonably successful races, eventually finishing 7th and 8th. This left Brawn just half a point from winning Constructors Championship. After the race, the race stewards announced they were investigating Nico Rosberg for excessive speed under safety car conditions. A typical 25-second penalty would have moved both Brawn drivers one place up and the Constructors Championship would have been won, however it was announced later that Rosberg was in the clear and the race result would stand.

At the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix Brawn secured the 2009 Constructors Championship as Button finished in 5th place with Barrichello in 8th. In Abu Dhabi, the final race of the season, they finished 3-4 with Button world champion and Barrichello 3rd in the championship.[25] The team also won the 2010 Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year as a result of its success.[26]

The team had a race win success rate of 47.05% (8 wins in 17 races), and by winning both titles in its only year of competition, the team is the first ever to achieve a 100% championship success rate.

Sale to Mercedes

On 16 November 2009 it was officially announced that Daimler AG in partnership with Aabar Investments had purchased a 75.1% stake in Brawn GP (Daimler AG: 45.1%; Aabar: 30%).[1]. Reports suggest the partnership paid £110m for the 75.1%[27]. The team would be rebranded as Mercedes GP for 2010 Formula One Season. The remaining 24.9% stake is Ross Brawn's in partnership with Nick Fry. The team will use the Brawn GP base in Brackley for its operations and Brawn will stay on as team principal.[1]

BGP 001

The Brawn BGP 001 during testing.

The BGP001 was originally designed with the intention of becoming the Honda RA109. In fact, owing to the poor performance of the Honda team in 2008, the team made a relatively early start in designing the 2009 car. However, following Honda's withdrawal, development of the car continued, in the hope that the team would be somehow rescued.

Eventually, the car was appropriated by the newly-formed Brawn GP team, and modified to accommodate a Mercedes-Benz engine in place of the expected Honda engine. Jenson Button performed its shakedown – the car featuring white, fluorescent chartreuse yellow and black colours.[28] The team gave the BGP 001 its first test at Circuit de Catalunya on 9 March 2009, topping the timesheets many times.[29] With the testing moving to Circuito de Jerez, Brawn GP continued to set the pace, finishing the test leading two of the three tests.[30] During an interview Brawn said there was more speed to come after he explained that '...The BGP 001 car is the result of 15 months of intensive development work and the team have been nothing less than fantastic in their commitment to producing two cars in time for the first race'.[31] At the first race an official complaint was launched by four teams against the rear diffusers of the Williams FW31, Toyota TF109 and the Brawn BGP 001 on the grounds that they did not fall within the dimensions set out in the regulations,[32] but after analysing the cars the race stewards reported that the cars were legal. This ruling was appealed and the appeal was heard after the second race of the season.[33] However motorsport's governing body ruled that the car was legal.[34] There was another complaint at Malaysia after which BMW Sauber joined the appeal after they were deemed legal, again.[35] After the appeal the diffuser was deemed legal by the FIA.[36] In Spain, the car received its first upgrades since Australia which were mainly to do with the different cooling requirements of the Mercedes engine[37] and gave Brawn a 1-2, just as in Melbourne.

Jenson Button used a single Brawn BGP001 during the 2009 season, making BGP001-02 one of the most successful F1 chassis of all time.


The Brawn BGP 001 with the Terminator livery.
The Brawn GP motor home hosted the team and its sponsors at most races.

The sponsors that were still with the Honda team at the end of the 2008 season, including Bridgestone, stayed on as sponsors for the start of the 2009 season.

On 26 March 2009, Brawn GP announced a partnership with British clothing manufacturer Henri Lloyd. The company agreed to supply the team with clothing and footwear, with their brand appearing on the BGP 001.[38] On 28 March 2009 Sir Richard Branson announced Virgin as a major sponsor for the team.[39] On April 17 Brawn announced an agreement with MIG Investments, who would sport their logo on the front of the car.[40] It was also confirmed on April 19 that Ray-Ban, a sunglasses manufacturer, would carry on sponsoring the team - their logo appears on the drivers' helmets.[41] At the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Virgin sported their Virgin Galactic logo instead of Virgin.[42] The team re-signed Endless Advance[43] and NCE Corporation[44] and signed a new supplier deal with safety harness supplier Willans before the Spanish Grand Prix.[45] Only for the Spanish Grand Prix, Sony Pictures joined the team with the cars featuring promotional imagery from the upcoming film Terminator Salvation.[46] At the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, Google co-founder Larry Page was rumoured to be in talks with Brawn to sponsor the team in 2010. Although a guest of McLaren-Mercedes, Page is believed to want the Google name to appear on a race-winning team.[47] The team took up sponsorship from Graham-London before the British Grand Prix, with their logo being shown on the BGP 001s' wing mirrors. In addition, Monster Energy added their logo to Button's helmet from Silverstone onwards.[48] However, Richard Branson indicated that Virgin were unlikely to continue their deal next season, citing cost as a hurdle.[49] For the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, the BGP001 sported the Italian zipper company Raccagni logo and name on the side wings in front of the side-pods.

Jenson Button driving at 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

For the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, Brawn GP secured a sponsorship deal with Canon.[50]

For the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix, Brawn GP secured a single race sponsorship deal with Angfa Co. Ltd, maker of the medical shampoo Scalp-D, which has proved very popular in Japan since its launch in 2005.[51]

For the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, the event in which they won the Constructors' Championship, Brawn GP had deals with Banco do Brasil and Petrópolis brewery to display their colours and beer brand Itaipava and TNT energy drink on both cars.[52] They also had a one-race partnership with Spanish insurance company Mapfre.[53]

For the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the team had a deal with Qatar Telecom.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 6 5 7 7 Ret 2 5 8 5 3
Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 5 4 5 2 2 Ret 3 6 10 1 7 1 6 7 8 4

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed


  1. ^ a b c "Mercedes take ownership of Brawn". 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Brawn set to go around the Benz". 2009-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Honda team to return as Brawn GP". BBC Sport. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Honda officially becomes Brawn GP". 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Ross Brawn buys Honda Racing F1 Team". 2009-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Honda first to run KERS in car". 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Q & A with Ross Brawn". 2009-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Brawn GP gets final pitlane slot". 2009-03-20. 
  9. ^ "FIA revises final 2009 entry list". 2009-03-26. 
  10. ^ Button heads all Brawn front row|2009-03-27|
  11. ^ Button gets dream win|2009-03-29|BBC Sport
  12. ^ Brilliant Button wins on Brawn
  13. ^ Button wins second pole 2009-04-04. Retrieved on 2009-04-04
  14. ^ Classy Button wins abandoned race|2009-04-05|BBC Sport
  15. ^ Vettel flies home with RBR maiden win 2009-04-19. Retrieved on 2009-04-19
  16. ^ "Brilliant Button wins at Bahrain". BBC Sport. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  17. ^ "Another Brawn 1-2 as Button takes arms". Autosport 196 (7): 30. May 14, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Ferrari powerless to stop Brawn". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  19. ^ "Button halts Red Bull charge". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  20. ^ "Vettel charges to dominant win". Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  21. ^ "Murray Walker answers questions". 
  22. ^ "Allen's star of qualifying". 
  23. ^ "Where everyone finished when Webber won at last". 
  24. ^ "Hamilton takes first win of 2009". 
  25. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix: Jenson Button seals world title with brilliant drive". Daily Mail. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  26. ^ "Button, Brawn win Laureus awards". Haymarket Publications. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  27. ^
  28. ^ "Brawn targets 'respectable' performance". 2009-03-06. 
  29. ^ "Barrichello keeps Brawn on top!". 2009-03-12. 
  30. ^ "Jenson back on top" (PDF). Brawn GP. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  31. ^ "Brawn says more speed to come". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  32. ^ Official Complaint against Diffusers
  33. ^ Date set for F1 diffuser appeal
  34. ^ F1 appeal rules in Brawn's favour BBC sport 2009-04-15
  35. ^ BMW join appeal 2009-04-04. Retrieved on 2009-04-04
  36. ^ FIA deem diffusers legal BBC Sport. 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2009-04-15
  37. ^ Autosport Technical analysis: Spanish GP Autosport website. 2009-05-18. Retrieved on 2009-11-17
  38. ^ "Brawn GP announces new partnership with Henri Lloyd" (PDF). Brawn GP. 2009-03-26. 
  39. ^ "Virgin announce deal with Brawn". 2009-03-23. 
  40. ^ Brawn announce partnership with MIG Brawn GP. 2009-04-17. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  41. ^ Ray-Ban carry on sponsorship (PDF) Brawn GP. 2009-04-19. Retrieved on 2009-04-20
  42. ^ Brawn was running with increased Virgin branding on its car in practice (IMAGE) 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
  43. ^ "Brawn GP continue partnership with Endless Advance". Brawn 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  44. ^ "Brawn GP continue partnership with NCE". Brawn 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  45. ^ "Brawn GP sign supplier deal with Willans". Brawn 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  46. ^ "The Official Formula 1 Website". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  47. ^ "Brawn GP May Secure Google Sponsorship". AutoEvoltion. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  48. ^ "Brawn new deal with Graham London". Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  49. ^ "Virgin set to end Brawn link-up". BBC. 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  50. ^ Wong, Jonathan (2009-09-18). "Brawn-Canon tie-up for Singapore GP". (The Straits Times). 
  52. ^ "Equipe de Barrichello terá patrocinador brasileiro no GP do Brasil, em Interlagos" (in Portuguese). 2009-09-08.,,MUL1296095-15011,00.html. 
  53. ^ "Official site of the Brawn GP Formula One Team". 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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Full name Brawn GP F1 Team
Team leader File:Flag of the United Ross Brawn
2009 Formula One season
Race drivers 22 File:Flag of the United Jenson Button

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Car name Brawn BGP 001
2009 position 1st (172 points)

Brawn GP Formula One Team, was a Formula One motor racing team. Brawn GP started on the 6th of March 2009 when Ross Brawn, the old team leader for Honda, Ferrari and Benetton, bought the team. On 17 March 2009 the FIA agreed to change the name from Honda Racing F1 Team to Brawn GP. Even though the team is only the Honda team with a new name, the FIA considered Brawn GP to be a new team, but agreed to let the join F1 for free instead of the usual price.

The new team first raced at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix on 28 March 2009, where they took 1st and 2nd place in qualifying. The team went on to win the top two positions in their debut Grand Prix race on 29 March 2009, with Jenson Button winning the race and Rubens Barrichello coming in second.

The team used Mercedes-Benz engines and its cars were driven by the old Honda team of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, which has lasted for 3 years. In the early part of the season, several other sponsors were signed, including Virgin, M I G Investments, Henri Lloyd and PerkinElmer.

On 18 October 2009, at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Button won the 2009 Drivers' Title on his first season for Brawn GP. He and the otehr driver Barrichello got points to win Brawn the Constructors Championship on its first season.

The following month Mercedes, after leaving the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Team, bought a lot of Brawn GP and changed its name to Mercedes GP for the 2010 season.


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