Former Honda F1 Team Principal Ross Brawn has successfully taken over the Honda F1 Team. After renaming the team as Brawn GP, the former Ferrari man who also brought home a number of constructors and drivers championship victories with legendary racer Michael Schumacher has decided to maintain Honda’s 2009 driver line-up that includes Brit Jenson Button and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello who also worked with Brawn during his days with Ferrari.
Apart from the driver line-up, Brawn GP has also confirmed that Mercedes Benz has been appointed as engine supplier for the team. The Stuttgart-based auto maker which is also supplying power plants to Mclaren will supply its 2.4 liter F0108W Formula One engines to the new team. The team will now 100% focus in getting its contenders to the race grid in Melbourne which is set to kick start on March 29th. For now, the team will participate in remaining pre-season sessions testing in Barcelona (9th – 12th March) and Jerez (15th – 17th March).
In another development, USF1, which recently announced its intentions to be part of Formula 1, has been forced to change its official name to USGPE. This comes after FOM (Formula One Management) revealed that the term “F1″ is not allowed to be used (with the exception of WilliamsF1), unless if teams add the term “Team”, example USF1Team. Force India was also forced to change its official logo, which now carries the lower-case “i” after “F”, instead of upper-case “I” which ends up looking like F1.