Ross Brawn admits he is excited by the challenge now facing him after confirmation of his appointment as team principal of Honda's F1 outfit.

The former Ferrari technical director will bring to an end his year-long sabbatical from the sport later this month to take up his new role, which will see Brawn working alongside chief executive Nick Fry as the team seeks to recover from a 2007 campaign that lurched from one disaster to another.

Now, after a season that saw the Brackley-based squad score just six points and finish behind Toro Rosso in the constructors' championship, Brawn said he was looking forward to helping the team return to the kind of form displayed in 2006 - when Jenson Button took Honda's maiden win and the team secured fourth in the standings.

"I am very excited to be joining the Honda Racing F1 Team," the 52-year-old enthused. "Honda has a proud heritage in Formula One and the opportunity to help the team to realise its potential represents a fantastic new challenge for me in the sport.

"The team has already done a great job of giving due consideration to its future and has spent a good deal of time putting in place both people and first class engineering resources to achieve its ambitions. I look forward to working alongside what I know to be some very talented people and helping Honda to rediscover its winning ways."

Following Brawn's appointment, former technical director Shuhei Nakamoto will now take up the of Deputy MD (Technical) and will work for Brawn while also ensuring the team gains maximum benefit from Honda's research and development operation back in Japan.

"I am pleased with the structure we have put in place for the future success of our Formula One team," Honda's corporate communications for motor sport operating officer Hiroshi Oshima said. "A great deal of consideration has been given to the areas in which we need to develop and I am encouraged that we have a strong basis for the future.

"The appointment of Ross Brawn will bring world championship winning experience and technical vision to our team and I expect Ross and Nick Fry, who will now be able to concentrate fully on running the commercial and business aspects of our company, to work closely together to bring success to Honda in Formula One.

"We look forward to a successful season ahead."



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