No one reveres their heroes like the Brits (well, maybe the Italians). Whether it’s a perpetual race winner like Stirling Moss, an intrepid explorer like Ernest Shackleton, or a political icon like Winston Churchill, true British, full-frontal, hero-dom is a level of reverence bordering on the fanatical—or perhaps the divine. In the case of guitar legend Eric Clapton, during his meteoric rise in the ’60s, it was not uncommon to see “Clapton is God” spray-painted across the walls of London tube stations.
On March 29, another name was fully elevated into this lofty pantheon, when Ross Brawn’s namesake car won its first race, on its maiden race weekend. Could there be a more storybook arc to a remarkable career? Well, yes, as it turns out, since the Brawn in the hands of Jenson Button has since gone on to win an additional three Grands Prix and leads both the driver and constructors championships.
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