Brawn reveals plans for independent task force
1 | March 17, 2017 2:16 PM HKT
Ross Brawn says he plans to put together an independent
task force made of five or six people respected throughout the
F1 paddock to help shape the sport’s future.
Earlier this year Brawn was handed the role of head of sporting
matters by Formula 1’s new owners, Liberty Media.
But rather than make all the decisions himself, the former
Mercedes team boss plans to use a panel of experts to help make
the key decisions about the way forward.
“We’ll have some experts, industry recognised people, working
within FOM, who I think people will respect,” Brawn told
“It won’t be a big team, just five or six people, but there
will be enough capacity with my experience and knowledge to be
able to create and get a proper reasoned argument for what we
want to do and have an input into the process.
“What I want to make sure is that, over time, there is always a
consideration for the quality of the show and the racing and
“So there are some boxes that need ticking every time we make a
decision in Formula 1.
“There may be a very strong sporting consideration where, for
the integrity of the sport, it’s a decision that has to be made
and I understand that.
“But there will be other decisions where someone holds up a
flag saying, ‘Have you thought about what the fans will think,
how much it will cost or if there’s been a thought about the
impact on racing?'”
Brawn revealed that one of the main topics for the panel to
look into will be how to improve overtaking.
Many in Formula 1 fear that this season overtaking will be made
ever more difficult due to the new aerodynamic regulations.
The Brit added: “It’s a complex problem. We don’t want the cars
to be slow, so we want the levels of grip that we have, but we
want it in a way that doesn’t cause disruption to the car
“If we put the right sort of people on that task and gave them
a year, 18 months, to find a solution, can we design Formula 1
cars in a way that a car behind could follow?
“I know we had a go at it before with the Overtaking Working
Group, but I don’t think we had the knowledge and capability
that teams have got now.
“CFD has made a huge difference.
“It now gives new opportunities to look at all of that [how
overtaking can be improved].
“If you could create a car which had decent levels of
aerodynamic grip, but left a wake that was benign… there’s lots
of people who will tell you that you can’t do that but I don’t
think we’ve really put our minds to it.”
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