Brawn denies accepting sporting role in Formula 1

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Ross Brawn has denied accepting a sporting role with new Formula 1 owners Liberty Media, contrary to speculation.

Brawn enjoyed a lengthy stint in F1 that saw him win numerous championships with Benetton, Ferrari and his own team, Brawn GP, before quitting a role at Mercedes at the end of 2013.

Brawn said last week that he would be interested in taking a role in helping manage F1, which was followed by speculation that he had agreed a deal with Liberty to become the series’ new sporting chief.

However, Brawn has now denied taking the role, although he did confirm contact with Liberty in a consultancy capacity.

“Liberty have not got far enough down the road to make any commitments yet,” Brawn told BBC Sport.

“I’m doing a little consulting to help them better understand F1, but that’s all.”

Liberty has already appointed American businessman Chase Carey as F1’s new chairman, while Bernie Ecclestone will continue in the role of CEO for at least three years.

Ecclestone heads up F1’s commercial interests, as well as holding six votes on the F1 Strategy Group. F1’s governing body, the FIA, holds another six, with six of the series’ most senior teams holding one vote apiece.