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New regs vindicated by Silverstone "classic" insists Brawn

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05/07/2022

Though not quite his usual post-race debrief, F1 MD, Ross Brawn insists that Sunday's British Grand Prix fully vindicates this year's regulations overhaul.

Never mind "Where's Wally?", since around 11 December last year it's been a case of "Where's Ross?", as the poacher turned gamekeeper went remarkably quiet.

Until then, around 48 hours after each race, Brawn would pen a debrief for the sport's official website either extolling the virtues of the race we had just witnessed, or pushing various gimmicks like reversed grids and the Sprint.

Then came the events of Abu Dhabi, and though we waited and waited on the Sport's Managing Director's word... there was nothing, not a dicky bird.

Then came the rules overhaul, of which the design guru was the driving force, aided and abetted by a vast team of colleagues from all corners of the pitlane.

However when the rules overhaul didn't prove to be quite the overnight success we had been promised, with cars forming DRS trains still unable to overtake, again there was silence.

Now, in the wake of Sunday's admittedly thrilling British Grand Prix, Ross is back to tell us how wonderful things are.

"This year's race at Silverstone was a classic," he tells the sport's official website, the website where the paddock is all milk and honey, no disagreements or controversy, "and a perfect demonstration of what the sport was trying to achieve with these revolutionary new racing cars.

"We were treated to some fabulous racing," he continues. "What pleased me was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that went for several corners, with multiple changes of position. We saw drivers were able to take multiple lines with these new cars, and that allowed for two, three or even four cars going almost side-by-side.

"The quality of the passes was high, too," he enthuses. “Drivers really had to work to get a move done, it wasn't simply a case of using DRS to fly by

"We've seen some cracking battles this year, including wheel-to-wheel fights with multiple changes of position for the lead of the Grand Prix between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

"The drivers are enjoying these cars and have been very positive," he insists. "They have all appreciated the change and the newfound ability to get up close to other cars.

"Many of them have qualified that while it doesn't always lead to straightforward overtaking, the chance to sit on the tail and pressurise and try and force a mistake is significantly improved," he adds. "I don't think there has been a single driver who has not acknowledged or been enthused by that.

"The frequency where cars are following for consecutive laps and challenging for consecutive laps is much better this year than in previous years. What it demonstrates is the direction F1 and the FIA have gone in is absolutely the right direction to follow, and the sport can go forward with renewed confidence that this approach is what is needed for the future. It must always be a significant factor in the design and modification of these cars."

Of course, what must not be forgotten is that it looked very much as though the main talking point on Sunday was Guanyu Zhou's horrific crash at the start of the race.

However, what turned the race on its head, and allowed the cars to get 'close and personal' was the safety car that followed Esteban Ocon's decision to (in)conveniently park his sick Alpine on the old pit straight.

As ever, the safety car bunched up the field - a la Abu Dhabi - gave some - but not all - the opportunity to pit for fresh rubber, and set up a 10-lap sprint/Sprint to the finish.

Not for the first time, the race highlights appeared to be more about Turk Thrust and the Formula One Script Unit than Ross and his chums, but perhaps we're being overly sceptical.

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1. Posted by Defiant, 09/07/2022 18:53

"its amazing that if something goes right just once... its because the rules are right but if something goes wrong a few times its nothing to do with the rules and everyone needs to give things a chance. hmmmmm

Ross truly has morphed into a politician "

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2. Posted by Stitch431, 07/07/2022 11:40

"The "being able to closely follow the car in front" is definitely positive. What is still hampering these cars, is an extraordinary weight/long wheelbase which causes the cars to behave more like trucks in sharp corners (oversteer).
There is a lot of work to be done to reduce that, then we can also get rid of the DRS, which still is a pain and kills some really good, long, close battles.
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3. Posted by TokyoAussie, 07/07/2022 4:31

"Dunno what they put in the water over at F1 HQ. But I think that the weather on Saturday and the safety cars on Sunday played a much greater role than any changes in regs."

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4. Posted by Max Noble, 06/07/2022 2:23

"Just as political folk claim the victory when the economy improves, and blame business when it dives… so Ross claims credit when chance, weather, crashes, and safety cars combine to build a thrilling race. Bernie’s idea of random sprinkler deployments during races remains the most probable action to provide thrills each race…"

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5. Posted by Greg, 05/07/2022 18:57

"The hill climb at Goodwood is so much more exciting "

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6. Posted by Tardis40, 05/07/2022 16:51

"Ross, polishing his fingernails"

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7. Posted by Roli, 05/07/2022 16:47

"|Well, apart from the last 10 lap "Sprint" it was a bit processional. For anyone who went to Goodwood and watched Nigel in the williams, What a sound ! Id rather go and watch/listen to that anytime."

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8. Posted by Superbird70, 05/07/2022 16:45

"It seems that F1 will need to introduce safety cars every 12-15 laps to spice things up and keep the racing close. Not much different than the NASCAR mandatory cautions. Very sad."

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9. Posted by Spindoctor, 05/07/2022 15:16

"@Editor
Indeed the very essence of "Turk Thrust". As is often the case with fans of the "New"\old F1 Ground Effect motors I seem to have watched a different race. Yes there was a bit of overtaking (& a LOT of following) but essentially it was a three\four horse race and without the safety car I'm pretty confident that Leclerc would have won easily & Hamilton might have come 2nd. So dramatic, but not necessarily a great advert for these big, heavy cars...."

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