Author Talk with Ross Brawn and Adam Parr
Across four decades, Ross Brawn was one of the most innovative and successful technical directors and then team principals in Formula One. Leading Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes, he worked with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to make them world champions.
Written with Adam Parr —who was CEO and then chairman of Williams for five years—, their fascinating book, Total Competition, Lessons in Strategy from Formula One, is the most compelling, comprehensive and revealing insight into what it takes to get to the top in Formula One that has ever been published. In it they look back over Ross’ career and methods to assess how he did it, and where occasionally he got things wrong.
In this new edition of The Oxford Circle‘s Author Talks, Adam and Ross came to Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, to talk about their book and answer everyone’s questions.
In the same interview-style that the book follows, they discussed not only engineering, but also the politics and strategy of Formula 1, some anecdotes from Ross’ career, his return to Formula One and his plan for the next few years, and even talked about the increase in the number of women working in the industry and the lack of women drivers.
All proceeds of the night will go towards supporting women rice farmers in Sri Lanka so they can become more successful businesswomen and lead greater lives. To learn more about the project, click here.
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