Ross Brawn plans new independent task force to shape future of F1

Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn plans to set up a task force of independent experts to help shape a future vision for the world championship

Ross Brawn plans new independent task force to shape future of F1

Former team boss Brawn joined FOM in his current role back in January following Liberty's takeover, and has begun to plot a long-term strategy to improve the spectacle of grand prix racing.

With the self-interests of teams having impacted rule changes over recent years, Brawn now intends to hire a small panel of well-recognised figures to deliver proposals that it believes will improve the show.

Brawn has spent recent weeks discussing outline ideas with F1 figures, and this week Liberty Media held a meeting with teams to inform them of its next steps.

"We'll have some experts, industry recognised people, working within FOM, who I think people will respect," Brawn told Autosport.

"It won't be a big team, just five or six people, but there will be enough capacity with my experience and knowledge to be able to create and get a proper reasoned argument for what we want to do and have an input into the process.

"What I want to make sure is that, over time, there is always a consideration for the quality of the show and the racing and its cost.

"So there are some boxes that need ticking every time we make a decision in Formula 1.

"There may be a very strong sporting consideration where, for the integrity of the sport, it's a decision that has to be made and I understand that.

"But there will be other decisions where someone holds up a flag saying, 'Have you thought about what the fans will think, how much it will cost or if there's been a thought about the impact on racing?'"

Brawn added a central part of the panel's remit will be to investigate how overtaking can be improved, with fears having.

"It's a complex problem," he continued. "We don't want the cars to be slow, so we want the levels of grip that we have, but we want it in a way that doesn't cause disruption to the car following.

"If we put the right sort of people on that task and gave them a year, 18 months, to find a solution, can we design Formula 1 cars in a way that a car behind could follow?

"I know we had a go at it before with the Overtaking Working Group, but I don't think we had the knowledge and capability that teams have got now.

"CFD has made a huge difference.

"It now gives new opportunities to look at all of that [how overtaking can be improved].

"If you could create a car which had decent levels of aerodynamic grip, but left a wake that was benign... there's lots of people who will tell you that you can't do that but I don't think we've really put our minds to it."

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