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Ross Brawn: Formula 1® is all about gentle experimentation


The managing director reflects on the season so far.

The Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode featuring Formula One's Managing Director of Motorsport Ross Brawn.

Brawn joins In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to talk about the third and final instalment of the F1® Sprint for 2021 in Brazil last weekend, the future of the concept for next season, the ferocious title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and the impact of the regulation changes for 2022.


Brawn praised Formula 1® on its openness to trying new things and exploring alternatives without committing to it for every race of the season.

"I think Formula 1's willingness to do some, I'd call it 'gentle experimentation’, where we're not going to corrupt the whole system but we're going to explore some variations that can offer something because otherwise, I don't know how we'd move. The nature of the way the season is structured, you make a commitment at the beginning of the year and if it's not right you're stuck with it for twelve months," Brawn said.

The Mercedes and Red Bull rivalry has ruled this season with Brawn saying that it's the competition between the two team principals that is the cherry on top.

"I think there has been a growth of really intense competition at the top, I think in this new era Mercedes have dominated, and even when you have a competition between two drivers in the same team, it's not the same," he continued.

"We've got this brilliant dynamic between Toto Wolff and Christian Horner, and that's sort of a great ingredient in the battle when you've got two drivers in the same team there's sort of a different political landscape to that, and it's definitely not as entertaining as what we've got now."

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.

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