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Brawn's reputation exceeds that of Wolff
Brawn's track record in the sport is remarkable.
He has won drivers' and constructors' titles with three different teams: Benetton, Ferrari and Honda/Brawn.
During a 22-year career as an F1 technical director, he has amassed 101 wins, 240 podiums and guided two huge names back to winning ways.
Having transformed Benetton from a race-winning team into a leading outfit in the mid-'90s (with the help of clever, if questionably, technology), Brawn was coaxed to Ferrari by Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari, led by Schumacher, had already clinched second in the 1996 teams' championship. But under Brawn's guidance, they would finish second twice in '97 and '98, and then end every season from '99 through to 2004 as constructors' champions—a run which included Schumacher's five consecutive drivers' titles.
Leaving Ferrari in 2006, Brawn joined Honda's failing F1 programme ahead of 2008. Though he had little to do with that pig of a car, it was high ingenuity that led to Honda perfecting the double-diffuser throughout that year. When Honda pulled out at the end of '08, Brawn stepped in and led a buyout of the team.
His own self-titled Brawn GP outfit utilised the double-diffuser to devastating effect, winning both the drivers' and the teams' championships in the squad's only season in F1.
When that merged into Mercedes, the going was initially difficult as Red Bull got the upper hand and began to perfect the technical advances that Brawn himself had previously been at the forefront of.
However, it was his reputation that lured the raft of technical talent, as well as driver Lewis Hamilton, to the team, and this year Mercedes has amassed more than a fifth of the total points available for the season.