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Old 12th November 2007, 16:48   #1
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Cool ROSS BRAWN to join HONDA

Honda to unveil Brawn as new team boss'
Monday 12th November 2007

Former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is expected to be unveiled as Honda's new team boss later today.

Brawn has been out of Formula One for just under a year now after opting to take a sabbatical away from Ferrari and the sport as he considered his options for the future.

And although the was talk of him returning to Ferrari at the end of this year, rumours claimed that depended on whether or not Jean Todt remained at the helm of the Scuderia - a position Brawn wanted.

However, with there being little sign of Todt retiring, Brawn has reportedly agreed to take up the role of new Honda team boss, with his unveiling expected later today.

The Daily Telegraph reports that 'Honda will unveil the former Ferrari technical director, Ross Brawn, as team principal of their Formula One team today. The spectacular coup will see Nick Fry, who nominally held the role, continue in the post of chief executive.'

The arrival of Brawn, who is rated as one of the most sought after engineering gurus in F1, is likely to also put an end to Jenson Button's threat of leaving the team.

The newspaper continued saying that his 'appointment is seen by Fry and Honda as a critical step towards securing the World Championship for the first time as a constructor, as opposed to engine supplier, a role in which Honda previously enjoyed great success.'

It also alleged that Honda first approached the Englishman back in April but that he was 'unable to respond out of respect for his former employers in Italy, who had first call on his services.'

However, after talks with Ferrari broke down in October 'Fry's relentless pursuit throughout the summer eventually paid off when Brawn, who also attracted strong interest from Red Bull and Toyota, immediately confirmed his availability.

'The pair travelled to Japan earlier this month for talks with the Honda hierarchy in Tokyo. It is believed the deal was finally signed off in Japan last week.'

Honda, though, only told their drivers of Brawn's signing on Friday, opting to keep it a 'tight secret' until it was finalised.

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Old 12th November 2007, 18:26   #2
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Just when the Alonso speculation was gathering momentum, Honda drops a bombshell. Ross Brawn is the new Honda team principal. This is a man who has done it all with his previous 2 teams - benetton and Ferrari. Can he replicate the success at Honda?

Honda had quite openly admitted that their 2007 car was a lemon. Now with Brawn in command, they have the resources and the technical edge to start winning. Jenson Button must be the happiest man in the off season paddock.

Source: The Official Formula 1 Website


If that wasnt enough, Ferrari announced that Stefano Domenicali would replace Jean Todt as the director of 'Gestione Sportiva', essentially Ferrari racing division. Todt is likely to concentrate on his 'day job' as the CEO of Ferrari road car division. What role he has within the F1 team remains to be seen.

Source: News - Planet-F1 News - from planet-f1.com


Also read elsewhere in another thread that Mike Gascoyne has threatened to quit if Ralf joins Force India F1. Who said the off-season was boring? With the Mclaren appeal coming up and the Alonso Fiasco, the tyres are still warming up...
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Old 12th November 2007, 18:32   #3
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Question Domenicali replaces Todt

Monday 12th November 2007



Just moments after Honda confirmed the signing of Ross Brawn, Ferrari have announced that Stefano Domenicali will replace Jean Todt.


The team revealed that sporting director Domenicali will take on the role of Director of the Gestione Sportiva as of January 1 2008. The position is currently held by Todt.


Other changes include technical director Mario Almondo stepping up into the role of operations director while Aldo Costa will become the new technical director.


Gilles Simon has been promoted to engine director.


Meanwhile it remains to be seen what role Todt will take at the team and whether he will stay on as the head of the Ferrari automobile company.

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Old 12th November 2007, 19:35   #5
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maybe HONDA will be WCC in 2008 or they still require the service of Master Racer guess who ? M. SCHUMACHER !!! bcoz Ross Brawn made wonders in benetton & Ferrari. but Michael was there to help him (I dont need to tell how schumi use to co-operate with his engineers to bring the best out of the car given to him ) & MR. Jenson Button isn't Schumi.
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yeah i too feel they need a good driver ... but still can't put the money on rubens ... i think they should have complete package not just brains!!
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Maybe Alonso will join Honda? There was talk of red bull trying a coupe with Brawn & Alonso. Maybe it is Honda which has that planned.
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If anything, this'll give Honda some much needed moral support.
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Also think about the kind of money Honda & Toyota makes by selling bestseller cars all over the world. they have all the money to make a dream team soon. maybe Ferrari is making a move backwards by not taking service of Brawn who made them win 5 WCC titles (or is it bcoz our very own Mr. Ratan Tata also makes decision in Ferrari ?)

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Wow! A great move by Honda. They've chosen the best in business. Wish to see them take some podium finishes this coming season.

I don't see a chance of Alonso coming in to Honda. Even if he does, will he have a good relationship with his team principal? He is better placed in a Renault car with a certain Flavio guy as his principal.

Yep! Sure. The off season scene is getting hot. Let's wait and watch for more surprises.
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Do you guys think that Alonso could well join Honda now? I think he can, should.
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Gain for Honda, loss for Ferrari? No doubt. But maybe Ferrari wanted it this way....as a logical step toward transforming the team to the new / younger personnel. And Honda will finally get the tech leader they needed, to match the engineering spirit of the comapny.

In addition to the $$$, Ross may have switched for the challenge. However, one genius doesnt make a successful team. He needs support; similar to the Schumachers, Todts and Brynes that he teamed up with at Benetton and Ferrari. Where did Adrian reach without Macs fabulous infrastructure (people, budget and technology)? All in all, its going to be an exciting race season coming up. All the better for us fans, wot?

Lastly, Considering Hondas performance in 2007, the only way they can go is up
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