Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn argued that the change in technical regulations, that already come in force in 2022 will lead to “much better racing”. The new regulations are the biggest change since 40 years and are aimed to improve the overtaking during the races.
In an interview with BBC and other selected media, Brawn said: "We may see we don't quite hit a bull's eye in terms of following [directly behind another car] but we will still be so massively ahead of where we were because the old cars were dreadful [for racing].”
Although Brawn believes the change in the rules won’t equal to a dramatic change in the field, like they did in 2009 when his team won the championship, it will definitely improve the competitiveness and performance. It will be also harder for the teams to bend the rules and find advantage over others.
As Brawn said during the interview: "Every decision we have made has been towards not dumbing down the sport but making it more achievable to more of the teams and to get a closer competition going on while still leaving it a meritocracy.”
"I honestly don't think the regs will change the general order of things dramatically. I think it will bring it a lot closer and I think we will see some of what were the midfield teams challenging. We'll have a bigger group of competitive teams.
"[Last year] we either expected a Mercedes or Red Bull to win unless something different happened.
"We're blessed with a number of great drivers - [McLaren's] Lando Norris, the Ferrari drivers [Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz], George Russell in the Mercedes. Any number of combination of drivers could give us a great season.
"Although there was a bit of a battle between McLaren and Ferrari [last year], if I'd been them very early in the year, I would have been putting everything I could into into 2022.
"I think that's what happened in 2009. If you recall, you know, 2008 - big battle between two of the big teams and they rather fell flat on their faces when they got 2009, but I don't think it will be that severe. I'm not predicting that."
The key change from this year lies in the aerodynamics department. Unlike previously, where the cars generated downforce with the front wing of the car, now the underfloor will take on that job. Moreover, instead of the flat floors that have been in use in F1 since 1983, F1 will return to shaped underbodies and rely more on ground effect - the generation of the downforce with the use of so-called Venturi tunnels.
In relation to the previous F1 cars, Brawn said: "The cars looked a bit silly - these high-rake cars perched on their nose and waggling their arses in the air. They've never really looked like a racing car should look. These ones will look a bit better out on track.”
The managing director stays realistic when it comes to teams trying to look for ways to gain advantage over their competitors. Although the current regulations aim at trying to level the field, there are definitely going to be cases where the teams will try to push the limitations.
About that, Brawn said: "There are bound to be disputes, it wouldn't be F1 without them. It would be naive to think we are not going to have arguments.