Formula 1 fans are seeing the benefits of this year’s cost cap and new rules coming for 2022, Sporting General Manager Ross Brawn said on Tuesday as the battle for the championship drew to a knife.
Seven-time Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have traded the lead several times since March, with the latter only six points clear after 16 of 22 rounds scheduled.
So far four teams and six drivers have won races, although Verstappen has won seven and Hamilton five.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the cost caps and rule changes that have been implemented are having a positive impact on the proximity and intensity of the championship,” Brawn said in a column for the website www.formula1.com.
“There is no capacity for a team to devote massive resources to a championship and try to get away. Resources are now limited and teams are also focusing on next year’s car, which demands a lot of time and resources.
“We still want a meritocracy. We always want the best team to win. But we don’t want them to win by a country mile just because they have a bigger budget than anyone else. It’s nice to see how are development things. “
Mercedes, winner of the last seven Drivers ‘and Manufacturers’ Championships, said in June that development for this year’s car has come to a standstill with the team focusing on major changes for next season.
The champions were 40 points behind Red Bull after eight races but are now 36 ahead.
The $ 145 million budget cap introduced this season is expected to drop to $ 135 million in 2023.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters after Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix that the variety of winners had been a big feature of the season – with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo among them.
“It seems a shame to change it for next year, really,” he added.
Brawn disagreed, saying there were underlying issues that still needed to be addressed, with the cars still struggling to keep up with each other.
“This weekend I heard comments about the need to change the 2022 regulations given that we are currently living in such a golden season,” he said.
“While the 2022 rules won’t change the situation overnight, I think they are a much better platform for improving track racing.”