Honda has officially confirmed that former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is to spearhead its Formula 1 challenge after being appointed as team principal of the Brackley-based outfit.

Brawn, a key part of the 'dream team' that carried Ferrari to multiple championships, took a sabbatical at the end of the 2006 season when Michael Schumacher retired from F1, but was expected to return to the Italian outfit once his year-long break was complete.

However, seemingly unable to take up the role he desired with the Scuderia, Brawn started to look elsewhere and will now take full responsibility for designing, manufacturing and engineering Honda's Formula One car.

Brawn will work alongside Nick Fry, who continues as chief executive of the team, which hopes to bounce back from a disastrous 2007 campaign that yielded just six points and a disappointing eighth in the constructors' championship.

"One of my main tasks over the past six months has been to attract new talent to the Honda Racing F1 Team and we have made a number of key appointments in the areas of aerodynamics, design, engineering, marketing and on the racing team," Fry said. "Today's announcement that Ross Brawn is to join our team is a very satisfying conclusion to the process of refreshing and revitalising a strong and determined team.

"Ross obviously needs no introduction. His experience of winning world championships in Formula One will be crucial as we seek to put Honda back into championship contention, and I am delighted that we will be working together to achieve that."

Brawn will start work with the team on 26 November.



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