Kicking off our first recommendation for our ‘What To Watch On Disney+‘ series is something for the F1 and sports fans — “Brawn – The Impossible Formula One Story,” is an almost unbelievable sports documentary series from 2023. This four-episode series, hosted by Keanu Reeves of all people, delves into the remarkable and unlikely success story of the Brawn GP Formula 1 team in 2009. It’s a classic underdog tale set against the backdrop of the world’s most technologically advanced and expensive racing series.
“Brawn – The Impossible Formula One Story” captures the essence of Formula 1 racing through the incredible journey of the Brawn GP team. The series begins with the unexpected withdrawal of Honda from the sport due to the stock market crash, leaving the team in a precarious position. Against all odds, team boss Ross Brawn leads a management buy-out, purchasing the team for a mere £1. Despite being understaffed and underfunded, the team makes groundbreaking advancements, notably the “double diffuser,” which significantly enhances car performance. The documentary not only covers Jenson Button’s remarkable championship win but also delves into the technical, business, and personal challenges faced by the team throughout the season.
The series features interviews with significant figures from the Formula 1 world, including British F1 driver Jenson Button, his teammate Rubens Barrichello, and team owner Ross Brawn. Keanu Reeves, as the host, brings a unique perspective to the interviews, engaging with legends of the sport like Christian Horner and Bernie Ecclestone.
The votes are in and the crowds of fans have cast their votes. The series has been well-received, Rotten Tomatoes has recorded an Audience Score of 92%, while over 2,000 reviews on IMDb have resulted in an 8.5/10 with the documentary’s style and Keanu Reeves’ compelling narration make it an entertaining watch for a broad audience — not just F1 fans.
- Year: 2023
- Seasons: 1
- Episodes: 4
- Run Time: 3h 55min