New Honda F1 team principal Ross Brawn has admitted that is was an easy decision to join the Brackley-based squad and end his year-long sabbatical from Formula 1.

The former Ferrari technical director was confirmed in his new role yesterday [Monday] after electing not to return to the scuderia after his year away from the paddock, and will now work alongside Nick Fry to try and lift the team after a trying 2007 campaign that failed in spectacular fashion to build on the form displayed in 2006.

Despite seeing Honda struggle last season, Brawn admitted that it wasn't a hard decision to make when he was approached to join the team and said the commitment being made in Japan was key to him signing up.

"It wasn't so difficult, especially with an opportunity such as this because there are only a few teams in Formula 1 that appealed to me and this was one I wanted to work for," he told Honda TV. "So it wasn't a difficult decision.

"The main thing is the attitude and commitment of Honda. Knowing they have a long racing history, they understand what is needed and know how difficult and challenging it is too. Clearly they are making the commitment in people and in resources and in everything that is needed to succeed in Formula 1, so if we don't succeed then it is down to us and not down to the commitment that Honda are making."

Brawn added that he was looking forward to working with Jenson Button for the first time and also continuing a relationship with Rubens Barrichello that began when the pair were both at Ferrari.

"I've always admired Jenson from a distance and I'm keen to start working with him and see how it all goes," he said. "Rubens I know very well and he is a driver who I have won many races with and who could have won the world title several times.

"In both cases we have drivers who won't be the reason why we don't succeed."



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