Ross Brawn has ruled out Mick Schumacher suddenly dominating this season, saying while there could be changes to F1’s pecking order, it won’t be that dramatic.
Formula 1 has a new look this season, the sport adopting ground effect aerodynamics meaning there are brand new cars on the grid.
It is thought that the new design philosophy will lead to better racing as a clean wake coming off the cars should make it easier for the cars to follow.
With the new cars on the horizon some teams wrote-off their 2021 season, such as Haas and Alfa Romeo, opting instead to spend the whole of last year focusing on their 2022 designs.
Others, such as Red Bull and Mercedes, had to split their focus as they were involved in last year’s championship fight.
That could lead to a shake-up in the order with pundits predicting Formula 1 could be in a for a surprise or three.
But don’t expect Haas dominating to be one of those.
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“Any win has to be earned and on meritocracy,” said Brawn, F1’s managing director.
“I honestly don’t think the regulations will change the general order of things dramatically.
“I think it will bring teams a lot closer and we’ll some of what were the midfield teams challenging, so a bigger group of competitive teams.
“Although I’d love to see it, I don’t think we’re going to see Mick Schumacher dominating this year.
“In a way, we don’t want that sort of disparity or that shock unless it’s an unusual race because that suggests it’s all become a bit random, and it can never be random. It needs to be a meritocracy.”
But while Schumacher won’t be taking 21 of the 23 race wins, nor does Brawn expect Mercedes and Red Bull to divide them amongst themselves.
“As we know, [last year] we either expected a Mercedes or a Red Bull to win a race unless something different happened,” he said.
“We’re blessed with a number of great drivers in Formula 1 today – Lando Norris, the Ferrari drivers, George Russell in a Mercedes.
“I think there’s any combination of a number of drivers who will give us a fantastic season. If there are three or four of them mixing it up, that’s even better.
“So I’m optimistic about the coming season. Good teams will always do a good job. They’ve got the expertise, the experience.”
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