Several F1 team bosses have been reflecting on Ross Brawn’s legacy as he steps back from his role with the sport’s management team.
Brawn took the position of Formula 1’s Managing Director of Motorsports as F1 transitioned from the Bernie Ecclestone era to the ownership of Liberty Media in 2017.
Since then, he has been involved in several aspects of the sport, including the introduction of new technical regulations for the 2022 season.
Now, with Brawn retiring from Formula 1, some key figures from the paddock have praised what the former Ferrari man brought to the table.
Steiner believes regulation changes ‘biggest compliment’ to Brawn
Guenther Steiner, team boss at Haas, thinks that the success of the 2022 regulations is a credit to Brawn.
“I think the proof was in what you asked us before: did the new regulations work or not, and we all said yes, and I think that is the biggest compliment we can give to Ross,” Steiner told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“Because that was his child, basically, to put these regulations through and put us in this place before he moves on to what he’s going to do next.
“Also from our side, thank you very much Ross, for what you have done for Formula 1, for all of us and all the best for the future.
“I think, even if he was not as present as some people wanted [him] to be, he was present when it was needed, to make these things happen for Formula 1, and the success of Formula 1 in the moment is partly down also to him.
“It’s a team effort, but he was a big part of the team, so thank you, Ross, and all the best for the future.”
Szafnauer hails ‘entertainment value’ of F1 under Brawn
Alpine’s Otmar Szafnauer was in agreement with Steiner, and hailed the entertainment that F1 has brought since Brawn’s involvement.
“We owe a lot to Ross and a big thank you to him,” Szafnauer added.
“He had a big hand in these regulations. I think, like I said before, we’ve achieved the entertainment value that we wanted, and I wish him all the best in whatever he does next, be it fishing or whatever he enjoys.
“We all work hard towards that day of retirement, and we should congratulate him on having a fabulous career in Formula 1 and getting to that retirement age.
“And also thank him for all the efforts, from being a team owner and winning a championship, to winning with Ferrari and then taking all that experience and helping Formula 1 in general to shape it for the future, so many thanks.”
Brawn helped to ‘guide’ F1, says Seidl
Andreas Seidl also praised Brawn’s role in helping to “guide” Formula 1 in recent times.
“I think, as a team, we can only thank Ross for everything he has done for us teams and for Formula 1, not just in these years he was working for Formula 1 but throughout this entire career, I would say,” the McLaren boss said.
“It was obviously, I think, important with everything that Formula 1 has put in place in the last years, be it on the regulation side, be it on the Concorde side, that an experienced guy like Ross was helping, guiding Formula 1, guiding the FIA, guiding the teams as well.
“I think, in the end, we ended up with a great foundation for a great future of Formula 1 thanks to all his work as well, and I simply wish him all the best for his next chapter in life.
“[I’m] still looking forward to see him from time to time and have a good chat, because obviously, his views will always be welcomed and important for future decisions.”