F1 has announced the departure of Sean Bratches from his current role after January as he returns to his home in the United States of America.

Bratches was part of the three-man team when Liberty Media took over F1, with Chase Carey heading the pack. He took up the role of Managing Director of Commercial Operations, while Ross Brawn is the MD of the Technical side.

Reports of him leaving F1 started to grown midway in the 2019 season, which has been now confirmed by the championship. Bratches is to return home in USA but he has taken up an advisory role and will continue to help in whatever way possible.

No replacement has been named yet. The release credits Bratches of broadening the sport’s sponsor portfolio, along with improving the reach and scope of the media rights. It adds about the two new races while also the enhanced digital experience.

F1 also credits Bratches for initiating Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ series, while also promote live events along with the successful ESports series. “I want to thank Sean on behalf of everyone at F1 for the leadership, passion and expertise he has given to the business over the past three years,” said Carey.

“Sean has transformed the commercial side of F1 and a testament to his work is shown in our momentum and growth as a business. I am pleased Sean will continue to be an advisor for us from his home in the US, he will always be part of the F1 family and I look forward to his ongoing advice and counsel. I wish him all the best in his new endeavours.”

At the same time, Bratches, adds: “The past three years at Formula 1 have been an incredible journey, one which I have enjoyed thoroughly. I want to personally thank the team at F1 for their extraordinary efforts and dedication, they are the best of the best.

“And I am confident they will continue to serve fans and deliver on the strategy we have set in the years ahead. I am proud that I leave F1 in a better position than when I joined in 2017 and I know that the foundation we have put in place as a team will continue to serve our fans around the world and reach new audiences.”

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