Brawn GP have signed up major sponsors for the coming year, virtually guaranteeing them the funds to continue racing in 2010.
The Brackley-based team will announce the sponsors soon, but will part with Virgin, who are transferring their allegiance to newcomers Manor.
Brawn have been the most financially precarious of the 2009 bunch after the Honda withdrawal late last year forced them to run on a shoestring budget. But Nick Fry, the CEO
of the team, promised today that they are now financially secure for the foreseeable future.
“We have zero worries on funding for this year, next year, the year after, and the year after that. I smile when people talk about money because we’ve always had the finances for this year and neither Ross (Brawn) nor I would not have taken on the team if we did not have the money for this year.
“We’ve signed some nice contracts – and those will come out into the open when we launch the car next year – but we will see what happens. There is zero worry on our side.”
“That was a log jam because sponsors wanted to know what the situation was and things are freeing up,” added team principal Ross Brawn. “Everyone up the pit lane will find that things are now much better because we know what the commercial basis is for the future; we know we are going to be racing for the next three years, at least, in this championship and I hope beyond – I hope we don’t get into discussions about alternative championships again.”