Former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has returned to Formula 1 after being handed a senior role by new owner Liberty Media
Brawn has been named managing director, motorsports by Liberty as part of the restructure that includes Bernie Ecclestone's ousting as chief executive.
The 62-year-old won 19 world titles across stints with Williams, Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn GP outfit, and left F1 at the end of the 2013 season after four years with Mercedes.
Brawn said: "It's fantastic to be returning to the world of Formula 1.
"I've enjoyed consulting with Liberty Media these last few months and I'm looking forward to working with Chase [Carey], Sean [Bratches] 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."
Chairman Chase Carey, Ecclestone's successor as CEO, said: "I am delighted to welcome Ross back to Formula 1.
"In his 40 years in the sport, he's brought his magic touch to every team with which he has worked, has almost unparalleled technical knowledge, experience and relationships, and I have already benefitted greatly from his advice and expertise."
Brawn will be joined by former ESPN executive vice president of sales and marketing Sean Bratches, who takes on the role of managing director, commercial operations.
"I am thrilled Sean is joining Formula 1," Carey said.
"Sean was a driving force in building ESPN into one of the world's leading sports franchises.
"His expertise and experience in sales, marketing, digital media, and distribution will be invaluable as we grow Formula 1.
"I look forward to working with Ross and Sean, as well as key current executives including Duncan Llowarch our CFO and Sacha Woodward Hill, our general counsel, the FIA, [F1 chairman emeritus] Bernie and Liberty as we work together to make Formula 1 the best it can be for the teams, promoters and fans for years to come."
Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…
OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors
OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day
OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming
Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results
The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines
A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home
Red Bull and Max Verstappen scored an early blow against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone, with sprint qualifying race victory. But that doesn’t mean Sunday’s grand prix is a foregone conclusion. Although Verstappen starts as the favourite, here’s why Mercedes still holds hope of winning