Report: Sporting Director Ross Brawn & Accomplice Pat Symonds Set to Retire From F1

Published 12/27/2021, 2:40 AM EST
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE, MONZA, ITALY – 2018/09/02: Ross Brawn, Managing Director (Sporting) of the Formula One Group, looks on in the paddock during he Formula One Grand Prix of Italy. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Ross Brawn has played one of the most essential roles in Formula 1 over the past few years, creating new technical and sporting regulations which will come into effect next season. Hence, with his goal almost accomplished, it is likely that the former Brawn GP owner will be bidding adieu to F1 over the coming summer.

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This retirement doesn’t just apply to Brawn but also to his long-term accomplice, Pat Symonds. The duo has been working together since the Benetton years in the 90s and also stands tall as the primary reason behind Michael Schumacher’s world championship victories in 1994 and 1995.

Michael Schumacher of Germany, driver of the #1 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 V10 celebrates winning the Belgian Grand Prix on 27th August 1995 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Their partnership ended at Benetton, with Brawn following Schumacher into Ferrari. It wasn’t until 2017 when Brawn and Symonds ended up with each other anew, thanks to Liberty Media, who acquired rights to F1 the same year.

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This has indeed been a successful five-year stint for the two colleagues. And their success could further hit the peak if their newly drafted regulation changes end up bringing the racing teams closer together in terms of performance.

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According to Soy Motor, both Brawn and Symonds might see off their career after letting by a few months into the 2022 season. This speculation doesn’t really come as a shock, considering the age factor of Brawn and Symonds; while the former is 67 years old, the latter is 68.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 31: Ross Brawn, Managing Director (Sporting) of the Formula One Group, talks in a press conference to announce the rules for the 2021 Formula One season during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Assuming they retire next season, it is unclear who would replace Brawn as the sporting director of Formula 1. There is also the question of whether the Briton would accept an honorary role within Liberty Media; maybe as an advisor.

Symonds, who has been leading a team of 15 engineers, is also expected to back out of F1 after finalizing the creation of regulation changes for the next four years. Following Symonds’ retirement, the 15 engineers will have a new head in Nikolas Tombazis.

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Overall, Brawn and Symonds have done an exceptional job in the last five years, giving their best to induce the element of excitement to on-track battles. So, will their work pay off next season? Well, let’s hope so.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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