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Why the Brawn GP story was no fairytale
Brawn GP's rise from the ashes of Honda's moribund F1 team to world championship success 10 years ago was a rare story of triumph against adversity. But was that really the case? Stuart Codling assess the biggest talking point of the 2009 season
"This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
The punchline of the classic western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance aptly sums up the theme of a film that meditates upon the enduring power of myth on the human psyche: a quarter of a century after a celebrated shoot-out, a newspaperman learns the truth about what happened but burns his story rather than publish it.
Formula 1 history is redolent with powerful myths treasured by fans, and few in recent years have proved so potently alluring - intoxicating, even - as the underdog narrative of Brawn GP, the team that came from virtually nowhere to snatch the 2009 world championship. Just over ten years have passed since Jenson Button swept to victory in the season-opening Australian GP, which is why you'll have seen plenty of features celebrating the anniversary in recent weeks.
OPINION: The first stage of the 2022 Formula 1 pre-season is just over a month away, but the championship is still reeling from the controversial results of last year’s finale. The FIA acknowledges F1 has had its reputation dented as a result, so here’s how it could go about putting things right
As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, We pick out six other key elements to follow this season
After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades.
Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. We break down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect
OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era
Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021
As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.
There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years
Overtaking could increase by 50% in some F1 races
Alonso not just "having fun" with post-F1 challenges