Formula 1

Ross, Jense and Rubens: Do They Have a Chance?

Adam FlinnCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2009

As I'm sure you all know by now, Ross Brawn is the new owner of what was the Honda Racing Team, which has subsequently been renamed to Brawn GP.

Both former Honda drivers, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, have been retained for 2009 and the team is busy testing readiness for the start of the new season.

It all sounds normal, happy and positive, but I have doubts with Brawn GP.

When Honda announced that they were pulling out of Formula 1 towards the end of last year, there were numerous rumors about who would buy it.

Before the original deadline in January, Nick Fry claimed to have a dozen serious offers on the table.

This brings me to my first point: If he had that many offers, why did the first deadline come and go?

Several big names were mentioned during the winter of who would come and save the day.

David Richards, Carlos Slim and Richard Branson all had a think about saving the only notable feature in Brackley, but obviously must have turned it down.

For some reason, the man in who had been in front of their nose the whole time comes along and buys the team. It all seems a bit odd to me.

Brawn GP has been testing today (March 9) and have set some decent times.

Now, I know that you can't read too much into testing times, because they aren't running at full power, but still it looks fairly impressive at a glance.

The main thing here is that they have a car, it works, and it isn't a million seconds off the pace of the others.

So, what about money?

Where has Ross Brawn managed to get the financial backing to fund buying and running a Formula 1 team?

Looking at the car, he doesn't seem to have any sponsors, and even throughout his whole career, I can't imagine him having saved up £100 million plus.

There are a lot of unanswered questions in my view and because of that I'm slightly wary about the whole operation.

Whatever happens, best of luck to them.

I have always liked Ross since his Ferrari days and it would be great to see an independent team like this be successful.

Let's just hope they can pull it off.

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