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Brawn says F1 rules revamp could be delayed

23 August 2018

Ross Brawn, Formula 1’s managing director of motorsport, has admitted that the racing series may delay the introduction of new engine rules originally planned for 2021 in the hope of enticing entries from a greater number of manufacturers.

F1’s owner, Liberty Media, had originally hoped that a range of manufactures, including the likes of Aston Martin, Cosworth and Porsche, would be brought into the series on the back of the new regulations which were designed to be both cheaper and simpler. However, delays in pinning down the specificities of the rule changes, and opposition from the existing engine manufacturers which have poured money and time into developing the current powertrains, has meant that the level of interest from outside companies appears to have fallen.

Giving a briefing ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Brawn explained that this could lead to a delay in the implementation of the new ruleset.

“We want to try to create a set of technical regulations on the engine which are appealing to new manufacturers coming in as well as consolidate our existing engine suppliers,” he said.

“I think we just need to think of our timing on that, whether 2021 is the right time to do that, or whether it is better to keep that powder dry until we can be certain that major regulation changes will bring fresh blood into the sport.”

However, the former Benetton and Ferrari technical director insisted that Formula 1 management was looking to do everything in its power to level the playing field even if the key changes were delayed.

“My feeling is that there is still quite a lot we can do on the engine side in terms of sporting regulations such as limits on dyno test time, number of upgrades during a season, consistency of specification to all customer teams,” he commented.

“On the engine, we need to decide if now is the time to have a revolution or an evolution.”

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