The four-part Disney+ series details the Brawn GP team’s improbable Formula 1 championship title
The five seasons of Netflix’s Formula 1 documentary series “Drive to Survive” are widely credited with boosting the sport’s popularity in the United States in the past few years. The United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, has become the most attended race on the Formula 1 calendar in 2021 and 2022. This year saw a slight decline in attendance, estimated at approx The race in Austin was attended by 432,000 people.
Now, ahead of this weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, both regulars and long-time Formula 1 fans have another documentary series to watch, brought to you by Keanu Reeves.
Reeves is the host and executive producer of “Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story,” a new four-part series about the 2009 Brawn GP Formula 1 team.
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What is “Brown: The Impossible Formula 1 Story” about?
The documentary details one of the most astonishing stories in Formula 1 of the past few decades.
The Great Recession caused automaker Honda to withdraw its team from the Formula 1 grid after the 2008 season. Honda rejoined the sport in 2000 and enjoyed some success but was unable to continue supporting the $300 million team due to global economic problems. Rather than shut down the entire operation, Honda executives sold the team to former technical director Ross Brawn, for £1 (equivalent to $2.04 in 2023).
A newly badged Brawn GP raced in 2009 with cut-budget Honda and engines from Mercedes-Benz. On a limited budget and facing Formula 1 powers of the time such as Ferrari and McLaren, the Brawn GP won six of the first seven races of the season en route to the 2009 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
The documentary takes viewers through the on and off track events of the season. While the team took wins throughout the season, other teams questioned the legitimacy of the Brawn GP car.
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Who’s in ‘Brown: The Impossible Formula 1 Story’?
Reeves narrates and interviews those who helped win the 2009 championship as well as other notable people in the Formula 1 paddock at the time. Here’s who’s featured in the four-part series:
- Keanu Reeves, actor and TV presenter
- Ross Brawn, owner of the Brawn GP team and former Honda technical director
- Jenson Button, 2009 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion
- Rubens Barrichello, former Ferrari, Honda and Brawn GP driver
- Bernie Ecclestone, former CEO of Formula 1
- Nick Fry, Brawn GP and former CEO of the Mercedes Formula 1 Team
- Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
- Luca di Montezemolo, former Ferrari president
How to watch ‘Brown: The Impossible Formula 1 Story’
The four-part series is available to watch on Hulu starting Wednesday, November 15. The duration of each four episodes is about an hour. It’s available with a Disney+ subscription.
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