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I'm an optimist, and I believe if we have good ideas, well-researched ideas with proper facts, figures, presentation, then we have a much better chance of convincing the teams it's the right way forward.feedback
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May 27 2017
Ferrari has managed to take the fight to Mercedes, which is great.” said Ross Brawn on this article: Ross Brawn Returns, With the Task to Re-Energize the Sport. This page contains 16 articles quoting Ross Brawn. Main topics on which Ross Brawn is quoted are McLaren and Liberty Media. In addition you’ll find 41 quotes there. All these quotes are mentioned on this page and you can filter them by date and by topics.
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I am delighted to welcome three extremely experienced figures who have established themselves as experts within Formula One over many decades. We are building a team that enables stronger links to be forged between Formula One's management and the sport's various stakeholders, ensuring that regulations are implemented with the involvement of all parties.feedback

The only thing that would be good for everyone would be if we could charge the promoters a lot less money. I did some good deals commercially. They are paying a lot of money, and most of them, if not all of them, are not making any money. Quite the opposite. If we could reduce the fee they pay they could then charge less for tickets and sell more tickets. So if you want to look after the fans, that's the way to do it.feedback

We want to work with the FIA and we want to work with the teams and use the resources of the teams and use the support of the FIA and the direction of the FIA to try and achieve that. So just talking about that relatively narrow topic of aerodynamics I don't think we should view it as something we've got to get rid of, because we won't, we never will. Can we turn it on its head and say we need it because we want fast cars, but can we structure it in a way where it's much less damaging for cars to race each other.feedback

When we talk about aerodynamics, I think we have to recognize these cars are incredibly quick because they use aerodynamics and if we want cars as quick as this and as spectacular as this then we can't just turn the aerodynamics off. I think there's a view that we should get rid of the aerodynamics and have big, wide tyres and then get the grip mechanically and then we can go back to cars racing each other. We can, but they will be a lot slower than most of the single seater cars that are out there.feedback

I've heard it said that some of the cars out there do race each other quite well with large aerodynamic performances -- the sportscars for instance and IndyCars at the moment are not suffering so badly -- so I think a proper campaign, concerted campaign would definitely take us in the right direction on that, I'm convinced of that.feedback

So can we come up with a set of regulations and a concept where we can still use the power of aerodynamics to give us the speed and the spectacle of the cars but in a more benign may so that they can at least race each other more closely without having that impact. So that's my ambition, that's my objective and as I've said we're putting a team together within FOM to look at those ideas, with some substance.feedback

I think if you look at the configuration of the aerodynamics we have, we've got cars now with very complicated bodywork structures which create very sensitive flow regimes around the structures which as soon as they are disturbed by the car in front, suffer.feedback

The current engine is a fantastic piece of engineering, but it's ended up very expensive, very complicated and we see the challenges that are facing some of the engine suppliers. So what sort of engine do we want for the future? I think when we determine that we can start to build the plan [for F1's future] around that engine, because I think some of the thoughts we've got at this early stage fall in line with the introduction of a new engine.feedback

If you wanted to have a standard transmission in the future, when would you do that? You'd do that when a new engine is introduced. There are certain things that link together quite closely for plans for the future.feedback

We have got to flatten off the field, and that means -- quite honestly -- finding ways of limiting the potential of the regulations or limiting the resources teams have at their availability. The fact is that however good a small team is they will never beat a good big team. We need to have all very good teams in Formula One all in a similar band and all with the same potential to win a race.feedback

We need as many teams to be as competitive as possible. We need to flatten off the variation between the front and the back of the grid so that on a good day, with a following wind, with a great driver, Force India can win a race, that a competent but perhaps smaller team or private team can win a race. At the moment that is highly unlikely.feedback

I think the reality is that quick changes on the technical or sporting side are really against the view we are preaching, which is to think about things carefully and have a proper and measured response. ... Today I couldn't say to you that we need to change a, b, and c to improve the racing for tomorrow.feedback

You have a governance procedure [in Formula One] and I think that's still essential. But if we see things this year that we don't think are great for the sport we will be fighting our corner and we will fight at every level. So you can rest assured that we will be working with the FIA to find solutions if we don't think the racing is as good as it could be.feedback

The role that I'm going to perform hasn't been done by FOM [Formula One Management] before and my role will be to be proactive to work with the teams, work with the FIA to find the right solutions to make our sport as great as possible in the future. By great, I mean close racing, healthy teams, true meritocracy of drivers and all the things we know we'd have in a perfect world. We want to try and build that perfect world, certainly from a racing side, so that's what was so exciting for me to come back and get on the annual grind of going to races and so on.feedback

So what sort of engine do we want for the future? I think when we determine than we can start to build the calendar or the plan around that engine, because I think some of the thoughts we've got at this early stage fall in line with the introduction of a new engine. If you wanted to have a standard transmission in the future, when would you do that? You'd do that when a new engine is introduced. There are certain things that link together quite closely for plans for the future.feedback

I think undoubtedly we will get involved in the day to day issues, but for the fundamental changes we envisage we will need time. It's not fair a) to not go through a proper process with the FIA and teams to arrive at the right solutions and b) to implement them so soon that they disadvantage someone in terms of their team structures and investments and so on and so forth. The engine is a pretty key element of that. The current engine is a fantastic piece of engineering, but it's ended up very expensive, very complicated and we see the challenges that are facing some of the engine suppliers.feedback

That is an area you will see quite a rapid development in, that it won't be a five-year plan, that will be a five-month plan. You've seen it in Barcelona with social media loosened up. That will continue. There has to be limits but those limits will be much further away from where they are today.feedback

When there is a discussion or debate about racing or cars there will be boxes to be ticked: Is it more entertaining for the fan? Is it more engaging for the fan? Is it better for the sport? Sean and Chase are asking questions about F1 to which I have no good answers as to why we do things a certain way, which is good. They are taking a very lateral view of how F1 works and engages with its fans and that is something we can do very quickly and is totally under our bailiwick to do.feedback

I'd love to see Formula Two and Formula Three be part of the show, and to have those drivers coming up through into Formula One. So you go to a race and see the young guys in Formula Two and Formula Three come through into Formula One, you get to know the names and support them. Any MotoGP fans know that... the riders work their way through and you see them in the lower formulae. We want to recreate that in Formula One.feedback

As always with new regulations there are a few little hiccups. We've got the unpopular shark fin on the back and I think in time we need to address those. Part of the objective of the new rules was to produce more exciting looking cars, so we don't want to spoil it with peripheral bits that take away from that -- but that's normal with new regs. Those are all the consequences of new regulations and they are not intended. So I think all the unintended consequences we need to iron out and make them look a little bit more pure.feedback

We have to look at the whole topic of overtaking and racing, and how the cars can race each other and overtake each other. I would prefer that to be a normal process rather than something that is enhanced by DRS. But DRS is a solution because we had a problem at the time, so I don't think we should rush into taking DRS off. But what I would like to see is a better long-term solution to car design that enables us not to need DRS.feedback

The commercial rights holder...is going to also focus on making the show as good as it can be and the entertainment and the sport as good as it can be. Every decision that's going to be made in the future...all have to tick some boxes and those boxes will be 'does it make the sport better? Does it make it more entertaining? Does it make it more economic?'. I think the message is that we are fighting the corner to make the sport as entertaining and as viable and as economic as we can for the future.feedback

I hope with the continued pressure that we can apply, we can steer the sport into a better place. The teams I have spoken to have been very positive about the changes, and very optimistic about the future. So it's encouraging.feedback

We need to... see if there is a better way for Formula One overall to distribute the funds. My personal view is that a healthy Formula One is where there is a good stock of teams that can stand on their own two feet. If those teams spend far more money than they have and go bust then we can't stop that.feedback

But you want to get them over the breadline so at least if they do a sensible job with good management then they are going to have a good business... and we are going to get new teams in.feedback

I've enjoyed consulting with Liberty Media these last few months and I'm looking forward to working with Chase, Sean and the rest of the Formula One team to help the evolution of the sport. We have an almost unprecedented opportunity to work together with the teams and promoters for a better F1 for them and, most importantly, for the fans.feedback

If you ask me what F1 needs, it needs a plan; a three-year and a five-year plan. My view is we haven?t got the ideal structure for creating that plan and implementing it over time.feedback

There was lots of controversy around the book he has written, and succession and transition are never easy.feedback

I joined the team end of 2007, 2008 we had a building year, 2009 we won the world championship so you know this team, at least the period I've been involved, it's not had a bad history.feedback

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