Disney+ snaps up Brawn GP docuseries

Former driver Jenson Button confirms plans for show covering 2009 season.

Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button has revealed Disney+ is working on a four-part docuseries covering the 2009 title-winning season of Brawn GP.

The UK-only series will be titled 'Brawn: The One Pound Formula One Team', referencing the fact team owner Ross Brawn bought the team from Honda for US$1.18.

It will be narrated by actor Keanu Reeves, while the filmmakers have been granted access to Formula One's archive footage, including previously unseen content. Disney-owned ESPN is set to extend its US rights deal with Formula One, having seen the popularity of the series explode in the American market since Liberty Media's takeover in 2017.

The Brawn GP team operated for just one season before being purchased by Mercedes, but managed to secure both the driver's and constructor's titles in 2009 with eventual champion Jenson Button and teammate Rubens Barrichello.

Brawn GP infamously exploited a loophole in the rules to run a double diffuser on their car from the start of the season, giving them an unassailable lead in the championship once its competitors had caught up with the design.

After all, Button won six of the first seven races of the 2009 season, but failed to win any of the next ten on his way to the title.

Interestingly, principal aerodynamicist John Owen has since claimed in an interview with ESPN that “we put a conventional diffuser back on, re-optimised it, and we only lost about 0.3 [seconds] in lap time”, downplaying the controversial part's contribution to the team's success.

This marks a first foray into motorsport content for Disney+, who will no doubt be looking to emulate the success of similar programmes on rival streaming platform Netflix, like docuseries Drive to Survive and the Schumacher documentary film.