Formula 1 fans will soon have something exciting coming as DisneyPlus (Disney+ Hotstar in India) will soon be airing a 4-part docu-series about the Brawn GP Formula 1 team, as confirmed Brawn’s championship-winning driver Jenson Button via his social media handles. Although more details are expected soon, the series will be narrated by Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, who is best known for his roles in the Matrix, John Wick and Speed film series.
Brawn GP was a wonderful story of a miraculous season of a Formula 1 team, born from the ashes of the Honda F1 team. Formula One was due to undergo a major car design overhaul in 2009, and as teams prepared for it for the 2008 season, Honda F1 Team decided to pull out of the sport for financial reasons. The announcement surprised everyone, including team employees who were kept in the dark about Honda’s plans until the very end.
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By then, the team’s 2009 car was almost ready, but Honda opted out of the sport anyway. Honda offered its employees generous severance packages and began disbanding the team, when team principal Ross Brawn decided to convince Honda to sell the team instead. Ross Brawn couldn’t find a suitable buyer for the team, so he somehow convinced Honda to pay the employees severance pay anyway and sell the team to him for just ₤1, and so on. started the story of one of the most epic. comebacks in sports.
The BGP-001 missed the first pre-season test, but it immediately set the best times when it hit the track in the second test.
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With little time available, Brawn barely managed to secure enough funding for the team to handle operations, and no development. The team had to miss the first pre-season test, and it showed directly in the second pre-season test. Most teams expected nothing from the Brawn GP team, but when Jenson Button first spun the car, he set the timing screens on fire, setting the fastest time by far.
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The team initially thought the other teams might have run their cars slower to hide their pace, but they were optimistic nonetheless. The team showed up to the first Grand Prix of the 2019 season in Australia with the iconic white and neon livery on their car – the BGP-001, and finished first and second in the opening race, with Button achieving victory. ahead of his veteran teammate Rubens Barrichello.
Brawn GP finished 1-2 in its first-ever Formula 1 race.
Brawn GP showed unimaginable pace in the first half of the season with their ‘blown diffuser’ car, which was a clever interpretation of the 2009 regulations, and won 8 races with 7 of the wins for Jenson Button. But without funding to further develop the car, other teams started to catch up with Brawn and in the second half of the season Red Bull proved to be the fastest car. However, the initial success of the season still helped Brawn GP win the Constructors’ Championship, with Jenson Button being crowned the 2009 Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion. The team – in its lone season in Formula 1 – did the unthinkable , then it transformed into the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team in 2010, which went on to win 8 consecutive constructors’ championships between 2014 and 2021, an unprecedented feat.