Jenson Button being interviewed by Keanu Reeves. Photo supplied by Disney+

Keanu Reeves stars in Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story (Update)

The four-part documentary “Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story” will air this fall on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ in the rest of the world.

Produced by North One, the documentary will tell the story of Ross Brawn’s purchase of the Honda F1 team at the start of 2009 and subsequent turnaround which saw the team, rebranded as Brawn GP, take home both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles that year.

The Drivers’ title was awarded to Jenson Button who will feature in the documentary, along with Brawn.

Reeves was spotted at various F1 races in recent years, and according to reports from July he conducted interviews with various other personalities linked with F1 at the time Brawn was competing. Former Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, who also drove for Brawn GP, were mentioned in the reports.

August 24, 2023 

Disney+ has announced a new F1 documentary starring Keanu Reeves that will explore the historic story of the famous 2009 Formula 1 World Championship.

For Disney’s latest venture into the documentary space, action hero Keanu Reeves explores one of the most remarkable stories in the history of Formula 1.

As revealed by Deadline, “The four-part series reveals how the understaffed, under-financed and independent Brawn team in 2009 won the World Championship with a team that cost just £1 (~$2 AUD).”

It’s no secret that Reeves is a Revhead; the Matrix star is a committed collector of vintage motorcycles and boasts more than 15 bikes in his celebrated collection; such as a 1973 Norton Commando 850 MK2A and a custom-built Ducati 998 inspired by the The Matrix Reloaded film, to name a few.

Throughout the series, Reeves will take keen F1 fans behind the scenes to explore the remarkable story of Brawn’s historic 2009 World Championship. The four-part series will feature interviews with World Champion Jenson Button and his teammate Rubens Barrichello, who would lead the Brawn racing team to victory in its debut F1 season.

Speaking last year at the British Grand Prix, Reeves said: “We want to tell that remarkable story of [Ross Brawn and Brawn GP]. There is so much to talk about. A friend of mine was telling me the story, and I was so struck by it, and he was actually working for Brawn back in the day in publicity, and he’s a producer/director, and so we were like, well let’s tell that story, let’s try and tell that story.”

Brawn GP had emerged from the ashes of the Honda Racing F1 Team, which had withdrawn from Formula 1 amid debilitating financial troubles stemming from the global financial crisis. Ross Brawn, a former F1 engineer, was able to save the team following a string of unsuccessful ventures with other racing teams.

The opening Australian Grand Prix was a triumph, with Button and Barrichello securing Brawn a famous 1-2 during its inaugural outing in Formula 1. Superior race strategy and plucky ingenuity would write this underdog team into F1 folklore, and, as Reeves will explore, deliver one of the most incredible seasons in history.

Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story will stream on Disney+ later this year.

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