Brawn interested in possible F1 return, but not with a team

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Ex-Formula 1 team owner and technical chief Ross Brawn says he would be interested in a possible return to the sport, but not with another operation on the grid.

Brawn made his name at Benetton and Ferrari, enjoying a successful period working with Michael Schumacher at both teams that yielded seven drivers’ championships.

Brawn became a team owner in 2009 when he took over Honda’s operation following its withdrawal from the sport, setting up Brawn GP.

Brawn GP won both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in its debut season, before Mercedes took over the team for 2010.

Brawn remained with Mercedes until the end of 2013 before leaving due to an alleged lack of trust, as revealed in the recent publication of a new book he has co-authored.

The 61-year-old has been linked with a return to F1 on a number of occasions, with recent speculation suggesting he could play a role in helping to manage and develop the sport following Liberty Media’s takeover in September.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Brawn said that he would be interested in a return to F1, but only for the good of the sport and not with a team.

“I would never go back to a team. I did everything I can in a team, but I would be repeating myself,” Brawn said.

“For sure, trying to help F1 become a better F1 would be appealing. It would be the one thing that could be interesting.

“If you ask me what F1 needs, it needs a plan; a three-year and a five-year plan.

“My view is we haven’t got the ideal structure for creating that plan and implementing it over time.”

Brawn also spoke about the difference in approach between himself and F1’s current CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, who has helped to build the sport up into a multi-billion dollar industry over the past four decades.

“I have no issues with Bernie. What we have today is primarily down to Bernie’s creation,” Brawn said.

“I just got frustrated because my approach is methodical and structured and Bernie’s is chaotic and impulsive. If those two things ever came together it would be an interesting combination.

“Sometimes I find those idiosyncrasies, those approaches, amusing. I get round them in that way. I just keep battering at the door until it opens.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.