Brawn hails Formula 1 progress away from ‘horrible’ old cars

Henry Valantine
Formula 1 MD of motorsports Ross Brawn. Bahrain March 2022.

Ross Brawn walks through the pit lane during testing. Bahrain March 2022.

Ross Brawn has made no secret of his dislike of the previous generation of Formula 1 cars in the past, and he’s pleased to see the progress made with the class of 2022 so far.

An over-arching aim of the new technical regulations was to build cars which are able to race each other more easily in close combat, by introducing a specification of car which aims to reduce the downforce lost when cars follow on track.

The early indicators are that these changes have worked as intended for now, with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen saying that following other cars is “so much better” than it was when he left the sport at the end of 2020.

Brawn also went so far as to say it could be a “glorious year” for Formula 1 if the standard of racing seen in Bahrain continues for the remainder of the year, but there is still a long way to go yet – as he is well aware.

Carlos Sainz ahead of a Mercedes and a Red Bull. Bahrain March 2022.
Carlos Sainz's Ferrari ahead of a Mercedes and a Red Bull during the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sakhir March 2022.

“It is a sample based on one, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Brawn told Autosport when asked in Bahrain if the new regulations have already had the desired effect. “But we have seen no negatives today, which is a great thing.

“I think now once the drivers have debriefed and the FIA start to look at all the data we can see how we have been able to move.

“But the old cars were horrible, so we have been able to make that step. I think we have shown that the race-ability of the car has to be a strong consideration going forward.

“It is not just one solution, and we are going to stop. We need to keep this process up and we need to keep working and understanding how we make great racing cars and continue the development in that direction.”

Now that car data is available from the first full weekend of racing in the sport’s new era, Brawn added that the regulations are still going to evolve as time wears on as Formula 1 continues to search for ways to improve the racing spectacle.


“I think we will digest all the data and all the information and we will get the feedback from the teams and the drivers,” Brawn explained.

“I have always said that this is a process and this is not a one-stop solution, so we need to continue the process.”


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