Ross Brawn Responds to Criticism of ‘Nasty’ 2021 Formula One Cars

December 18, 2019 6:49 pm

Recently, Racing Point technical director Andrew Green was a fairly vocal critic of the 2021 Formula One car. According to his account, the front wing concept could potentially create “unstable” aerodynamics. In theory, drivers would face numerous issues when trying to push the limits.

However, Ross Brawn has countered that argument, with one of his own, that would leave Racing Point with no leg to stand on. Speaking to RaceFans, he disclosed that during the aero program, Racing Point were unable to contribute, owing to limited resources.

He said, “They’ve probably done the least amount of work on this program of any of the teams we’ve been involved. So it’s a bit of an unfortunate statement to be critical at this stage as I think it’s premature and not based on any facts they have, maybe opinion.”

It was also worth noting that Brawn seemingly trolled the Racing Point Formula One team technical director. He suggested that Green may not have a model of the 18-inch tyres.

He harkened back to nearly a decade ago when simulations were not as common as it is now. Brawn was of the opinion that those cars were not ‘nasty to drive’, instead they were not refined.

Interestingly, not many were particularly fond of Brawn’s efforts to introduce cars that can follow closely. While they were not opposed to the idea, they raised concerns about his methodology, namely restricting development

Even Williams co-founder Patrick Head admitted that the move went against the ethos of Formula one.

Speaking to, he said, “I think from some point of view, the engineering side, it’s regressive really, unfortunately.”

“But ultimately motorsport has become far too expensive and the difference between the top teams and the teams lower down is too big. We need to have more teams racing together.”

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Dhruv George

Dhruv George is an author for the Formula One and NASCAR division of EssentiallySports. He is a life-long F1 and MotoGP fan, developing a liking for McLaren and Carlos Sainz Jr, and recently began to follow NASCAR. He graduated from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, with a PG Diploma in Journalism and now lives in Trivandrum.

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