Ross Brawn had "mixed emotions" when the formula one car bearing his name rolled onto the Barcelona tarmac on Monday morning.

Ross Brawn had "mixed emotions" when the formula one car bearing his name rolled onto the Barcelona tarmac on Monday morning.

That is the belief of veteran driver Rubens Barrichello, who will get his first taste of the Mercedes-powered Brawn GP BGP001 single seater at the Spanish circuit later this week.

Alongside new team owner Brawn, the 36-year-old Brazilian on Monday watched Jenson Button begin the car's test programme.

Understood to have paid a symbolic British pound, Brawn became the team's 100 per cent owner following the Honda Motor Co's withdrawal from the sport.

"I don't think he ever thought he could become the owner," Barrichello told reporters at the Circuit de Catalunya. "It was a solution for him to become an owner.

"The idea was always to sell the team to somebody who had money and who wanted to take the team on board and make it happen.

"I can't answer for him but I think he had mixed emotions when the car went out," added Barrichello.

 

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