Brawn: F1 can't carry on like this

Wednesday, 28 november 2018, 10:49 , by Matthew Scott

Formula 1 technical director Ross Brawn says the sport cannot afford to allow the current trend of three teams  - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – locking out the podium positions in races with near-constant regularity to continue as Liberty Media plots a more competitive future on the grid.

Over the past two seasons – and 42 races – of similar aerodynamic regulations only two grands prix have featured teams from outside the 'big three' on the podium – the Azerbaijan GP of 2017 and 2018.

Lance Stroll drove a Williams to third in Baku last year, while Sergio Perez did likewise for Force India 12 months on – both races featured at least three of the top teams' drivers either retiring or encountering difficulties.

It is hoped that revamped aero rules for 2019 will enable closer racing, but it is uncertain if it will bring F1's oft coined 'B-Class' closer to the frontrunners – an issue Brawn says is deeply troubling.

"As was the case in 2017, only once and significantly, on a very unusual street circuit like Baku, did a driver from one of those seven teams make it to the podium," said Brawn.

"Two podiums from a total of 123 [across the two seasons] is unacceptable, especially when it comes with an ever increasing technical and financial divide.

"It's a problem we are tackling together with the FIA and the teams, because the future of Formula 1 depends on it.

"There are various solutions on the table and we must all accept that we can't go on like this for too much longer."

Brawn added of the 'B-Class' runners: "Their battle was certainly thrilling, however, it's hard for the fans to truly get excited about a battle for eighth place.

"Having said that, congratulations to Renault for finishing fourth, confirming the progress it is making and to Haas, as finishing fifth in only your third year in the sport is a great achievement."

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Comments (19)

  • Luke Fidler
    As recently as 2013 both Williams and McLaren were competitive for podiums, both years Williams finishing 3rd in the constructors ahead of one of the "big 3". Aaaaand then both tanked.
  • Barbara Gouin
    With all the races only live in Sky except Silverstone they will lose viewers and it is boring now so they really need to do something to make it watchable
  • Mike Henderson
    How much money/prize money do the big teams win by being at the front of all the races ? Is this why the 'lesser' teams struggle ?
  • Rick Wilson
    Agree. It’s boring as hell anymore. I don’t have any answers. But it sure seems like the series has been regulated into a giant snooze fest.
  • Penjami Salmi
    Since when has it been any different? Its always been like this and your artificial rule changes wont make a difference.
  • Tony Webb
    This the same Ross Brawn that treated us to years of Schumacher? He can fück off then...
  • Martin Burns
    He’s right - f1 is a snooze fest now same old faces on the podium week after week zzzz
  • Per Axblom
    You could have started witv a standard no wing and wing mirror mounted Halo.
  • Jonathan Carre
    And one of those was Lance Stroll, who everybody keeps telling me shouldn't be in F1
  • Gary Foster
    It will be difficult to change anything as the top three teams dictate to F1. Simple.
  • Jeff Meserve
    Single plane wings of limited size would solve a lot of issues.
  • Ian Wilkins
    Ditch the batteries and get back to 100% petrol power
  • Enrique Greenwell
    That is why I only watch replays and not the full race anymore.
  • Todd Morrison
    Most interesting part of F1 is seeing who crashstappen runs into
  • Garry Ball
    Stopped watching. Results are known before each race.
  • Anne-Marie Workman
    Bekki Workman didn't realise this
  • Bryan Stanton
    But F1.5 can!
  • Nuno Leite Castro
    Stroll and Perez...

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