Brawn: I couldn’t work with Bernie


Ross Brawn who, in the wake of Liberty Media’s takeover of Formula 1, is now the sport’s motorsport managing director admits that he would not be able to work with deposed F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Speaking to F1 Racing, Brawn said, “I couldn’t work with Bernie, but I never made that a condition.”

The condition he refers to was not necessary as Liberty Media marginalised Ecclestone swiftly by offering him the toothless role of chairman emiritus.

Brawn added, “It would have been very entertaining to work with Bernie. It wasn’t impossible, but Bernie has done things in his own way over the years, and very effectively. But I’ve never seen Bernie with any serious partners, certainly not in terms of running the business.”

“He’s had people who’ve helped him with aspects of the business, but I’m not sure that my philosophy of how I think it could go forward necessarily aligns with Bernie’s.

“Bernie was very adept to a reactive approach; mine is the opposite, I want to have a planned and a long-term approach. I think Bernie’s famously said: Don’t plan long-term because you don’t know what’s going to be there when you get there.”

Brawn is adamant that FOM and FIA will work closely together to improve Formula 1 across the board, “We’re going to fight our corner, if anything more strongly in the future than perhaps has been done.”

“That’s not to say that previous management were not interested in that, but it was a bit staccato. They came in when there was a crisis, whereas we want to be part of a continuous process to try and improve.”

“So we believe we’ve got a role to play and we’ve got a right to get involved in helping shape the regulations for the future.”

“But ultimately it’s not our responsibility – that responsibility has to lie with the FIA, because they are the regulatory body,” explained Brawn.