Former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn will return to Formula 1 with the sport’s new owners, Liberty Media, as a managing director, motorsports.
The role is one of three senior positions as part of Liberty’s restructure which included removing Ecclestone from his chief executive position.
Chase Carey will take up Ecclestone’s former role as CEO as well as hold the F1 chairman position, while former ESPN executive vice president of sales and marketing Sean Bratches will fill the role of managing director, commercial operations.
“It’s fantastic to be returning to the world of Formula 1,” Brawn said.
“I’ve enjoyed consulting with Liberty Media these last few months and I’m looking forward to working with Chase [Carey], Sean [Bratches] and the rest of the Formula 1 team to help the evolution of the sport.
“We have an almost unprecedented opportunity to work together with the teams and promoters for a better F1 for them and, most importantly, for the fans.”
Brawn’s has one of the most decorated histories in Formula 1, having won a total of 19 world titles with Williams, Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn GP squad in 2009.
The 62-year-old left the sport at the end of 2013 when Paddy Lowe joined Toto Wolff at Mercedes, and has resisted numerous offers to join teams since, usually stating that he had no intention of returning to F1 in the near future.
“I am delighted to welcome Ross back to Formula 1,” Carey said.
“In his 40 years in the sport, he’s brought his magic touch to every team with which he has worked, has almost unparalleled technical knowledge, experience and relationships, and I have already benefitted greatly from his advice and expertise.”