Brawn reveals frustration with car ‘oddities’

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Formula 1’s managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn
has bemoaned the return of “shark fins” and other “oddities”
that he hopes will be eventually outlawed.

New owners Liberty Media are wanting to change the image of
Formula 1 and make it a more attractive, exciting sport to

However, the new aerodynamic regulations brought in by the old
regime has led to some cars being branded ‘ugly’ due to all the
extras attached.

“Part of the sales pitch for these new rules was nicer-looking
cars,” Brawn told

“We’ve only half achieved that, haven’t we, because we’ve got
all these oddities – shark fins and t-wings and more bits
surrounding the turning vanes than I’ve seen for a long time.

“That’s OK, that’s understandable with a new set of rules, but
the next iteration has got to make sure that we don’t – even if
it’s only for aesthetics.

“You know, the frustrating thing is that Jean Todt has had this
bee in his bonnet, which is valid in a way, to put the number
on the side of the car so that the fan in the grandstand can
see what car he’s looking at.

“Because not every fan is knowledgeable enough to recognise the
helmet and all the rest of it.

“We came up with the shark fin [idea for that], because the
shark fin was the easy addition to put a big number on. And
half of the teams said ‘we’re not going to have that on our
cars, that’s terrible’.

“It was tested. We had photographs and everything, and everyone
said, ‘that’s horrible, we don’t want that.’ ”

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