Wealth has not dimmed Brawn's determination to win

(L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) F1 World Champion and Ross Brawn (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix Team Principal, at the 2009 FIA Prize Giving Gala in Monaco. FIA Prize Giving Gala, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Friday 11 December 2009.

Ross Brawn with Jenson Button during the Brawn GP days

Mar.16 (GMM) Mercedes F1 team boss Ross Brawn insists that great wealth has not affected his drive to succeed at the highest level.

As team boss, the Briton bought Brackley based Honda for a nominal pound after the 2008 season, before ‘Brawn GP’ and Jenson Button raced to the drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

At the end of that campaign, Brawn sold the team to Mercedes, and the Financial Times claims that the Briton – still team principal – collected millions of dollars.

“I’m obviously a lot wealthier now than before and you wonder if you still have the same motivation to get up in the morning,” Brawn said.

“But it did not alter my perspective or my passion and ambition to succeed in racing.”

His job now is to win for Mercedes, and 2012 is year three, and the end of Michael Schumacher’s initial contract.

“If it does not come off I will have to recognise [that] there is something missing, something I am not able to do that perhaps someone else should have a go at,” revealed Brawn.

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