Brawn rejects suggestions F1's reg changes aren't needed

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Brawn rejects suggestions F1's reg changes aren't needed

Ross Brawn rejected comments heard in Turkey last weekend that Formula 1's 2022 regulation overhaul isn't needed given this season's intense title battle.

The championship fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton looks set to go down to the wire this year, while unexpected wins by outsiders Alpine and McLaren have added some much need variance to the season.

Formula 1 will usher in a new era in 2022, thanks to a new regulation platform designed to tighten the field by producing closer and better racing.

But many believe there will be little change to the running order with the sport's biggest teams extending their hegemony.

Brawn dismissed any notion that revamping the rulebook was a mistake considering the intensity of this year's entertaining title fight, arguing that the ability for drivers to follow each other closely is still lacking.

"This weekend I heard some comments around whether the 2022 regulation changes are needed given we're currently enjoying such a golden season," wrote Brawn in his post-Turkish Grand Prix column for F1.com.

"I think that fails to understand the fact that, while the championship is thrilling this year, the cars still struggle to follow each other closely and create overtaking opportunities.

"While the 2022 rules won’t change the situation overnight, I think they are a much better platform to improve the racing on the track and I’m sure that once the new rules have settled down, we will see some incredible races and championships in the future, with even more wheel-to-wheel action."

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Brawn believes this year's aero changes coupled with the introduction of the sport's budget cap have contributed to setting up a tight battle between F1's two main protagonists, Red Bull and Mercedes, and their leading drivers, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

"Both championships are poised to take us through to the end of the season and provide one of the most exciting ends to the year that we’ve had in a long time. F1 is blessed," he said.

"Why are we having such a great season? When I ran teams, there was no silver bullet. It was a case of chipping away at everything to make incremental improvements. I believe it’s the same with the sport.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the cost cap and the rules changes that were implemented are having a positive impact on the closeness and intensity of the championship.

"There is no capacity for a team to pour massive resource into a championship and try and run away with it.

"The resources are now limited and the teams are also focused on next year’s car, which is requiring a lot of time and resource. And this is all contributing to a close championship."

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Webber: Alfa Romeo 'shenanigans' could favour Piastri

Mark Webber says the "shenanigans" surrounding Alfa Romeo's second seat for 2022 could end up favouring his protégé... The post Webber: Alfa Romeo 'shenanigans' could favour Piastri appeared first on F1i.com.

Webber: Alfa Romeo 'shenanigans' could favour Piastri

Mark Webber says the "shenanigans" surrounding Alfa Romeo's second seat for 2022 could end up favouring his protégé Oscar Piastri.

Next season, Alfa will rely on the talent of Valtteri Bottas who will replace retiring F1 veteran Kimi Raikkonen. But team boss Frederic Vasseur still hasn't nominated the driver that will be racing alongside the Finn next year.

Current FIA Formula 2 Championship runner-up Guanyu Zhou is rumored to be well placed to snatch the last seat in F1's class of 2022, thanks reportedly to a generous sponsorship package attached to the Chinese driver's services.

But Vasseur claims that incumbent Antonio Giovinazzi is still in the running for next year while Piastri is also reportedly under consideration.

The 20-year-old Aussie who is leading Formula 2's championship in his first year in the series with six races to go is a promising young gun with talent to spare.

Amid the discussions surrounding the remaining Alfa driver, Webber, who manages Piastri, believes his protégé could end up pipping his fellow contenders for the coveted drive.

Oscar Piastri

"The Alfa seat is moving around. We’ve seen now Andretti floating around, in terms of maybe investment," Webber said, speaking on the latest F1 Nation podcast.

"It’s an interesting last seat in terms of dynamic, but does he [Piastri] deserve to be in F1? Absolutely. We all know that.

"The media have been brilliant, the other drivers, I heard the other day were speaking highly about him, which is nice.

"So it’s good to see the sport is in good shape with good young blood coming through, and Oscar, it’s not a question of if, but when. Let’s see.

"It’s going to be an interesting few months. Nothing is totally sorted yet, there’s still a little bit of shenanigans to be sorted out, and that could fall in his favour."

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As an Alpine junior, Piastri's default path to F1 should be with the French outfit. But Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon have both been confirmed with the team for next season.

However, if Piastri fails to land a drive with Alfa, he could enjoy a series of FP1 outings in 2022 with Alpine as the team's official reserve driver.

"He’s doing a tremendous job and has been doing for quite a few years now," said Webber.

"So he won Formula 3 last year, leading the Formula 2 Championship this year – there’s no guarantee he’s going to win it – but he’s got the most points at the moment and he’s certainly enjoying driving the car and the form is with him.

"People follow teams, yes, but they love following drivers as well. With Oscar, Alpine are very, very keen on him. Alpine do not want him to slip through their fingers, to say the least.

"They’re looking to try and re-engage and commit to the future. It’s not done yet, but they’re trying very, very hard to keep Oscar happy for the future – and that’s something we’re going through as we speak."

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