RACE DEBRIEF

    As discussions continue regarding the shaping of Formula 1’s regulations from 2021 and beyond, F1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn says the commercial rights holder, the FIA and the teams would be happy to work with drivers to get their input…

    After clinching his sixth victory in seven races this season in France, Lewis Hamilton spoke at length in the press conference about the championship’s rule-making process and said he would be happy to get involved in discussions, having already attended a meeting earlier this month when the key stakeholders agreed to delay the finalising the new rules till October.

    Brawn welcomed Hamilton’s desire to get involved. Speaking in his usual post-race review Media Pass the F1 motorsport boss said: “I’m happy Lewis has confirmed his willingness to make his own contribution in the coming months, and we can’t wait to work with him, particularly in each of the three meetings now scheduled.

    “We know well that Formula 1 needs to make an important change in direction if it wants to maintain its position as one of the most followed sporting spectacles in the world.

    Lewis, we are delighted with yours and all of the drivers contributions

    Ross Brawn
    2019 Spanish GP

    “All of the key stakeholders – ourselves, the FIA and the teams – agree on the objectives and there is broad agreement on the major principles, such as the introduction of the budget cap and a fairer distribution of the revenue, while on the technical aspects we, and the FIA, have worked together with engineers from all the teams. It will be great to have an input directly from the drivers.

    “Now we have to refine the details and we are happy that Lewis has expressed his faith in the work we are doing, including on topics such as new circuits. For example, the new circuit in Vietnam has been specifically designed to create the conditions that promote spectacular racing and good passing moves.

    “The door for drivers has always been open and it’s a pity that so often in the past this opportunity has not been taken by all the parties, and it is great to see this new initiative.

    “Luckily, today we can now count on having a driver of huge experience as a member of the World Motor Sport Council in Felipe Massa, the FIA-CIK President, who can also make an important contribution.

    “To sum up, Lewis, we are delighted with yours and all of the drivers contributions.”