When Honda decided to leave F1 at the end of the 2008 season, it looked like the complete demise of the moderately successful team. However, it was opposed by its former boss Ross Brawn, who bought a 100% share, thus starting one of the craziest stories in Formula 1. The Brawn GP team was trusted by few people, you could count the sponsors on the cars on the fingers of one hand. But…
The engineers managed to build a successful single-seater for Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, for which the competition at the beginning of the year was short. Button won six of the seven races from the start of the season and built up a solid lead at the top of the championship. Two victories in the second half of the season were also scored by colleague Barrichello, former teammate of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. The rivals caught up too late, and so Brawn GP won the championship title among drivers and constructors in its first season.
And actually the only one. After the 2009 season, Daimler AG bought the stable, which laid the foundation for today’s well-known Mercedes. In terms of success percentage, Brawn GP remains the best team in F1 history. And probably no one will ever surpass him in this statistic.
A new miniseries charts the curious season Brawn: The Impossible F1 Story on Disney+. It has four parts of forty-five minutes each, and Canadian star Keanu Reeves will guide you through the story. He interviews all the key personalities, in addition to Ross Brawn and the pilots, team director Nick Fry, former driver Felipe Massa and former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo appear in the documentary.
The series on the streaming platform will start on Wednesday, November 15, and you can watch it practically anywhere through the application for smart TVs or smartphones. If you do not use the Disney+ service, we would just like to remind you that it will cost CZK 239 per month, or CZK 2,390 per year.