Merc: Make F1 less 'random'

2012-08-23 08:58

The novelty of a vast number of different race winners will wear off and Formula 1 must avoid being too random to keep fans glued to the action, says Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn.

Brawn said: "For F1, we must make sure that the random factor is not too strong."

Seven different drivers won the first seven races of this year's championship, the first time that had occurred.


Brawn hopes the second half of the season will be less unpredictable: "I think there have been some...elements of this year that have been exciting, but I actually think that (the excitement) will fade after a while if it stays too random."

"What we cannot have in motorsport is a randomness where you don't know who is going to win, and that you could work really hard to improve the car but your car doesn't suit the conditions and you are not competitive. That is not where we want to be," he said.

Where Britain's Lewis Hamilton wants to be has reportedly been made clearer after he told his McLaren boss that he is keen to sign a new contract.

Hamilton is in the last year of his deal but speculation has been widespread linking him with a shift to another Formula 1 team, possibly Red Bull.

McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh has indicated Hamilton will not be leaving anytime soon: "If Lewis wants to stay in the team, which he has told me he does, then he should do. And if we want to keep him, then we should do.

"Lewis and I have spoken two or three times at length... our conversations have been about how we are going to beat the other teams, and how we are going to try and win races."

The F1 championship resumes at Spa in Belgium on Aug 31.


  • bangidza - 2012-08-23 09:16

    Ross Brawn is obviously living on a different planet to the rest of us. This is arguably the most exciting F1 season ever!!!!

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-23 09:29

      Fully agree. What is this idiot smoking?

      james.rossouw - 2012-08-23 14:14

      Welcome to F Crapshoot. {Think Gambling} When a Drver cannot drive to the limit of His capabilities in order to "conserve tyres" .........

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-23 16:30

      it has been exciting, however, this sport should be the PINNACLE of racing/skill/engineering, and not a result of tyre wear. Brawn is right, whats the point in engineering these fantastic machines, but the driver cannot drive to the limit because he has to conserve tyres. THAT IS NOT RACING!

  • cobus123456 - 2012-08-23 10:42

    What we cannot have in motorsport is a randomness where you don't know who is going to win, Is he nuts that is the essence of racing. IF you know who is going to win then it is not a race anymore

  • rudolf.rautenbach - 2012-08-23 11:20

    Could not agree with Brawn more. If you spend the money the teams are spending but the results have nothing to do with engineering excellence / technical superiority you will soon find they will not be prepared to continue and F1 will die. At the moment it is a lottery about which teams set up or car will like the tires available for a specific race and this changes all the time between races. Fact is, the tires used now are useless and can only give their best for one or two laps. What we have now is drivers never driving on the limit because they have to nurse the tires and the driver who is best at a tire economy run has the best chance. Not exactly what you expect from the pinnacle of motor sport where technical excellence should be the differentiating factor. Imagine if Pirellis F1 tire philosophy should be applied to normal car tires!!??

      john.plaskett.14 - 2012-08-23 12:06

      As has already been stated many times, the current tyres are not the result of "Pirelli's F1 tyre philosophy". They are made exactly to the FIA specification. There is absolutely no doubt that Pirelli could make a tyre that latest the whole race, if the FIA changed things accordingly. Whether or not we agree with the current status quo is another discussion entirely.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-24 07:18

      You both are correct, it is Bernie's wish to have a lottery. The racing was too one sided and he wanted to throw a spanner in the works.He does not want another Schumi era where he simply dominated the sport.But this has made Pirelli look bad. You have to have more than 1 tyre manufacturer in the sport for proper competition.

  • cobus.fenwick - 2012-08-23 15:51

    He is bangidza. Just interesting to know which planet is the right one. Seemingly you can not see that the races are planned in advance but carry on, that is what make them rich. It is all for the money, but I still enjoy it and will do as long as possible. Look a little bit deeper and you will see the real picture.

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