I always look forward to reading Ross Brawn’s column on the Formula 1 website, but recently it has made me question his intentions and motivations for the sport, and whether he has forgotten his passion. for F1.
Brawn has been one of the most identifiable personalities in non-pilot F1 over the past 30 years, and not only because of his exceptional talents as an engineer and manager, but also because of his ability to communicate with the public on a daily basis.
Even at the height of Brawn’s direct operational career in F1, it was easy for fans and the media to connect with him because, although he was arguably the highest technical authority in one of the most popular sports. most technical in the world, managing and interacting with some of the most elite athletic talent the world has ever witnessed, he was able to communicate with us in a way that elicited a unique empathy because we just felt like we were he was one of us; an ordinary person.
An engineer at heart, Brawn’s propensity to tell the facts as he believed them, to avoid bullshit had engaged me and many others, and perceived him to be nothing but genuine, even if we didn’t agree with him.
In his post-Istanbul post this week, Brawn briefly touched on the topical discussion of why such a quantum shift in F1 technical regulations is needed as the Drivers ‘and Constructors’ Championships are the most contested since. many years.
Brawn writes: “I think that doesn’t understand the fact that although the championship is exciting this year, the cars still struggle to keep up with each other and create overtaking opportunities. “
He then writes: “While the 2022 rules won’t change the situation overnight, I think they are a much better platform for improving track racing and I’m sure once the new rules established, we’ll see some of the amazing races and championships in the future, with even more wheel-to-wheel action.
To me, there are two words that come to mind when reading Brawn’s comments: condescending and presumptuous.
First, by stating that he thinks those of us who feel this do not understand the facts, he is showing me an attitude that we non-believers are uninformed people who need to be condescending and enlightened by his worthy opinion.
Second, Brawn makes a definitive statement that the 2022 rules will inevitably produce more wheel-to-wheel action, which not only is a wholehearted belief, but in the face of the exciting 2021 season, he fails to acknowledge that we are already seeing the greatest number of close matches for the head, not only of the Grands Prix in 2021, but also of the two championships.
Of course, as I am also an opinion piece author, I understand that the principle of such articles is to present a personal point of view no matter how controversial it may be, but in the role of Brawn in As the Managing Director of F1 Motorsport, a very important part of his role is, as stated on the F1 Corporate website, to ‘bring fans closer to the action’.
Both condescension and presumption are alienating behavioral traits in themselves, but they are also ways that are not suitable for Brawn as an individual, nor for a corporate role with such a public profile.
It is important to recognize, however, that by being hired by the F1 company and the FIA to play a central role in the strategic direction of the technical definition of F1 from 2022, Brawn invested emotionally in the process, and one of his recent comments is a clear demonstration of this: “We have to remember that this is the first time that F1 and the FIA have put this kind of intense work into the design and direction of the race car. this sport. “
Through his professional progression from a full member of a team pursuing the grand prix to his role as a top-tier business, determining the strategic direction of the same-prize competition he was once a part of, I think Ross Brawn has become too consumed with his own importance, and forget about the person he really is.