Ross Brawn: The man who made Jenson Button
AUTOSPORT spoke exclusively to Brawn to reflect on how it feels to have his name etched forever in the history books, Jenson Button's success, the future of F1's fairytale team and why he's enjoying the sport as much as ever
When Ross Brawn closed the door of his Maranello office in 2006 for the last time, after a decade at Ferrari, he didn't believe it could get any better. He bade farewell to the tifosi after clutching the silverware of five drivers' and six constructors' titles, an era during which the Prancing Horse had become as dominant as any team in the history of grand prix racing.
That sense of ultimate - and seemingly unmatchable - fulfilment was long before Brawn Grand Prix rose out of the ashes of Honda in early 2009. In Brazil, Brawn realised that his best days were far from behind him as the team bearing his name scooped both championships just 12 months after Honda's withdrawal had shattered his world.
Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect
OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era
Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021
As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts
There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years
Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains
Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…
Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion