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Ross Brawn details relationship he had with Bernie Ecclestone

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Ross Brawn has enjoyed an incredibly successful career in Formula One.

His previous roles include stints as technical director at Ferrari and Benneton, as well as owner of the Brawn GP team which emerged in 2009.

Having stepped away from the sport in 2014, the Brit is now back in as Formula One’s managing director of Motorsports under the new era of the Liberty Media Group.

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A major part of the transition at the end of the 2016 season saw 86-year-old Bernie Ecclestone’s decision to finally take a back seat in the running of the business, moving to a largely ceremonial position as chairman emeritus.

Ecclestone himself claims that Mr. Brawn would not have taken his new position as managing director, if it had meant having to work alongside former chief executive.

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When challenged on the matter in an interview ahead of an upcoming issue of F1 Racing, Brawn denied that he had accepted on the condition that Ecclestone moved upstairs.

"That is not true. I mean, I couldn't work with Bernie, but I never made that a condition", explained the 62-year-old.

Brawn believes that significant contrasts in the two men’s ideological approaches would cause issues if they had to work together.

“Bernie has done things in his own way over the years, and very effectively.

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"But I've never seen Bernie with any serious partners, certainly not in terms of running the business.

"He's had people who've helped him with aspects of the business, but I'm not sure that my philosophy of how I think it could go forward necessarily aligns with Bernie's.

"Bernie was very adept to a reactive approach; mine is the opposite, I want to have a planned and a long-term approach.

"I think Bernie's famously said 'Don't plan long-term because you don't know what's going to be there when you get there.'"

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Brawn has previously indicated that he holds a long-term vision to modernise the sport and to reignite interest which has waned in recent years.

Therefore, given his track record and the need for change in F1, perhaps it is fortunate that he has been allowed to undertake his own plans, rather than having to compete with the more pragmatic Ecclestone.

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