McLaren: Liberty need to fix F1’s ‘broken model’

Date published: January 3 2019

Liberty Media must fight opposition to the 2021 rule changes says Zak Brown.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has urged Liberty Media to continue in their progress of introducing new rules and regulations to Formula 1, even though compromises will be “inevitable”.

The owners of Formula 1 are determined to push through radical changes in 2021, including a new car concept, a budget cap and a fairer revenue distribution model.

These changes are intended to make grand prix racing closer and more exciting, but teams such as Mercedes and Ferrari have expressed their doubts over their viability.

But Brown, who has been involved in the discussions with Liberty, thinks it is essential that the chiefs fend off their opponents.

Speaking to Autosport, he said: “We know change in F1 is difficult, and we also know F1 today is a broken model, both as a business and as an on track product, that is going to need to be changed.

“Those that are winning today will obviously feel the compromise about what is happening, and those are not winning today are going to like the plan.

“It was inevitable that Chase [Carey, F1 chairman] would bring forward a plan that some people like and some people don’t like.

“But, he needs to move forward with what he thinks is in the best interest of the sport.

“At the end of the day, what is in the best interests of the sport in the long term is in the best interests of everyone, if people can get past the short term compromises that they need to make.

“Today’s F1, if it is stays as is, I think everyone eventually loses.”

Full 2021 plans were first revealed to teams at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, and Brown revealed that discussions are now more about the fine details.

“I think the majority of the teams are supportive of what was presented in Bahrain,” he added.

“All that has really happened since was drilling deeper – what is in the budget cap and what isn’t in the budget cap?

“I know that not all the teams are aligned but I think a majority are.

“At McLaren we are very supportive of what was presented in Bahrain and I think the sooner we can get that on the road to implementation the better.

“I believe Chase and Ross are going to move forward on that basis.

“For anyone else saying that they are not aligned with it, their view is ‘we presented it in Bahrain, we’ve been working together, we’ve been consistent on where we are going so this is what we are doing.’

“I think some people haven’t accepted that yet.”

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