Some team principals in Formula One are employed by the teams they run, and some own part of them. Ross Brawn is one who has moved from one category to the other and then back again, but could be looking to get back in on team ownership.

Rumors circulating the paddock at Monza during this weekend's Italian Grand Prix suggested that Brawn could be looking to buy a portion of the Williams team at which he started his long career in F1 some four decades ago. The 15-percent stake said to be under consideration is that owned by Toto Wolff, who currently works with Brawn at Mercedes – which will be supplying Williams with engines starting next season.

After masterminding Michael Schumacher's seven world championships at Benetton and Ferrari, Brawn ended up leading a management takeover of the Honda team, which he then sold to Mercedes-Benz. But his role as team principal is set to be transferred to Paddy Lowe in the near future.

Although the rumors of Brawn's investment in Williams – which could lead to his moving in as team principal there as well – were reported by Sky News, they were reportedly denied by Wolff and Williams advisor Alex Wurz.

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      Sounds as though Brawn is telling everyone he is available ASAP. His management and technical ability could be a great asset elsewhere on the grid. I always felt Wolf "did the dirty" leaving Williams after being gifted a 15% stake. Brawn taking that over would be a nice option. But I see him only wanting a top hands on job for another few years. So sliding into the Williams structure I am guessing would be to lift the team and train the existing people, think SFW's daughter, so she can be fully in charge and well rounded ASAP. Then Brawn could go scuba diving and provide consulting services for another 5 years.... Maybe Mercedes would sweeten the pot also in offering powertrains at a reduced price so the Team Mercedes can restructure under King Lauda ASAP? Or MAYBE and MAYBE more likely Honda hedge their bets and offer Brawn/Williams Honda powertrain at a nice price with tech support? Now that sounds more likely IMHO. After all Honda must feel they made a mistake pulling the plug on the team Brawn was reshaping a few years ago and missed out on a Championship season!. So having a McLaren and Williams (with Brawn expertise) with Honda power works for me. And I think it would work for SFW as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to see Williams back in the top 3 again, I think Ross Brawn will bring the team back on the top again.
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      Ross Brawn - Racing Genius That's what his business card should say anyway
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      then he should look into Mclaren Honda for next year ...Id hate to lose him at Mercedes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Noah, you neglected to mention he won a championship with said Honda > Brawn team and Jensen Button.
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