Formula 1 | After Silverstone, Ross Brawn celebrates the success of ‘his’ F1 regulations
Discreet lately, Ross Brawn, the managing director of Formula 1, resurfaced… a few hours after the British Grand Prix, to rejoice at the spectacle offered.
This Silverstone Sunday indeed validates the effectiveness of the new 2022 aerodynamic regulations, and Ross Brawn, who pushed a lot for him, could not miss such an opportunity to congratulate himself on it.
“This year’s race at Silverstone was a classic – and a perfect demonstration of what the sport was trying to achieve with these groundbreaking new racing cars. »
« It was a relief to see that Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon were fine after big impacts – and once again it’s a great example of the progress Formula 1 and the FIA have made on safety. »
“Then we saw a fabulous race. What I liked was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that took place over multiple turns, with multiple changes in position. We saw that drivers could take multiple lines with these new cars – and it allowed two, three or even four cars to go almost side by side. »
“The quality of overtaking was also high. The riders really had to work to achieve an overtake – it wasn’t just about using DRS to zoom past. »
“The drivers appreciate these cars and have been very positive. They all liked the change and the new ability to approach other cars. »
Ross Brawn of course pulls the cover to himself, and how can we blame him totally: this success at Silverstone and this year 2022 is also his.
« Many of them said that while it doesn’t always lead to direct overtaking, the ability to follow a car closely, put the pressure on and try to force an error is vastly improved. I don’t think there’s a single rider who hasn’t recognized or been excited about this. »
“The frequency with which the cars follow each other and challenge each other for consecutive laps is much better this year than in previous years. »
“It demonstrates that the direction that F1 and the FIA are taking is absolutely the right one and that the sport can move forward with renewed confidence in this approach for the future. All this should always be an important factor in the design and modification of these cars. »
And Ross Brawn even believes that his legacy will be remembered for a long time by his successors, when establishing the next aerodynamic regulations.
“We are seeing a new culture of rule making. When rules are changed or expanded, the factors taken into consideration are not just lap time or cost, but also raceability. »
“If there is any legacy from that era, it will be that the ability to race will now be a factor that will always be taken into account when new cars are designed for Formula 1. We have never seen this before. . »
“It’s great to see teams and the sport as a whole tackling the problem of porpoising. At Silverstone, we saw that the teams had better control of the phenomenon and that the FIA will continue to work with them to eliminate it completely. »