Brawn ‘doing a little consulting’ to help Liberty

Ross Brawn insists his current connection to Liberty Media narrows down to “doing a little consulting” in order to help the new Formula One owners “better understand” the sport.

Rumours about the former Ferrari technical director landing a senior role within the future F1 management have been gaining steam recently. A report in German-language publication Auto Bild Motorsport has even claimed that the 61-year-old has been signed to replace long-standing supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Talking to BBC Sport, Brawn was quick to play down the speculation, though he confirmed the Liberty link.

“Liberty have not got far enough down the road to make any commitments yet,” the former engineer and strategist said. “I’m doing a little consulting to help them better understand F1 but that’s all.”

Liberty agreed to purchase F1 from CVC Capital Partners in a deal which valued the sport at $8bn (£6bn) last September. Since then, newly-appointed chairman Chase Carey has been doing the rounds to meet key paddock figures and explore ways to improve the series, while Ecclestone stayed put as CEO.

The 86-year-old previously claimed that Liberty wanted him to remain at the helm for another three years, though the US group has yet to actually confirm this.

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Regarding his future involvement within F1, Brawn also told BBC Sport it “all depends” on what Ecclestone does next.

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