F1 News: Disney+ Sets Release Date for Historic Brawn GP Docu-Series

Disney+ sets release date for four-part F1 docu-series on Brawn GP 2009 Formula 1 Constructors' World Title presented by actor Keanu Reeves.


By Ben Bush
Updated on February 12, 2024

Brawn- The Impossible Formula 1 Story

A documentary series presented by actor Keanu Reeves, chronicling the iconic Brawn GP team’s triumphant journey to the 2009 Formula 1 Constructors’ World Title, is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on November 15 2023.

Disney+ is gearing up to unveil “Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story,” a four-part series chronicling the remarkable saga of Ross Brawn’s rescue of the former Honda works team, following Honda’s exit from F1. The documentary will offer a unique perspective through interviews with key figures such as Ross Brawn himself, drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, technical director Nick Fry, and Red Bull‘s Christian Horner, Brawn’s chief rival in the 2009 season.

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This captivating series, which promises unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage and access to F1 archives, will be hosted by Hollywood star Keanu Reeves and co-executive produced by Neil Duncanson, a three-time BAFTA winner. The production is in the capable hands of North One, with showrunner Simon Hammerson at the helm and direction by Daryl Goodrich, known for his work on the acclaimed 2017 Ferrari documentary, “Ferrari: Race to Immortality.”

Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story
Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story
Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story
Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story
Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story
Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story

The story unfolds against the backdrop of Honda’s attempt to sell its works team in the midst of the 2008 season. When no suitable buyer emerged, Honda decided to withdraw, and Ross Brawn stepped in to take control of the Brackley team for the symbolic sum of one pound. With a Mercedes engine supply secured for 2009 and the formidable RA109, developed by Honda for the new regulations, the rebranded Brawn GP BGP001 showcased its potential with an innovative double diffuser design.

The team dominated from the outset, securing a front-row lockout and a 1-2 victory in the season opener in Melbourne. Jenson Button’s stellar performance, winning six of the first seven races, paved the way for an unexpected world championship victory in Brazil.

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In November 2009, Mercedes purchased the team, laying the foundation for an incredible run of eight consecutive constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Mark your calendars for November 15, 2023, when all episodes of “Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story” will be available on Disney+ and streamable on Hulu in the United States.

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