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Brawn: Honda wasn't a difficult decision 13 Nov 2007

Ross Brawn (GBR) Ferrari Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, 4 August 2006

Following his appointment as Honda team principal, former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn has made his first visit to the team’s Brackley headquarters, where he revealed why the chance to join the Japanese squad proved impossible to resist.

Fresh from a year-long sabbatical, in which Brawn gave careful consideration to the next step in his Formula One career, he said that hanging up his fishing-rod was not such a tough call versus the opportunities that lay ahead with Honda.

"It wasn't so difficult," Brawn told the team’s official website, "especially with an opportunity like this, because there are only a few teams in Formula One that appeal to me and this especially was one that I wanted to work for. So it wasn't a difficult decision."

When asked why he found the role at Honda so enticing, he said, "The main thing is the attitude and commitment of Honda. Also knowing that Honda have a very long racing heritage and they understand what is needed in racing, how difficult it is, how challenging it is and clearly they are making the commitment in resource, commitment in people and commitment in all the things that are necessary to succeed in Formula One. If we don't succeed it's down to us, it's not down to the resources and commitment that Honda are making."

Brawn, who received a rousing reception from his new colleagues, will officially take up his new position on November 26. Honda are hoping he can help reverse their disappointing 2007 fortunes, which saw them finish eighth in the constructors’ standings on just six points.