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F1 will have ‘awesome competition in a couple of years’ as field closes up – Brown

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In the round-up: McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Formula 1’s budget cap will take “probably another two years” before the system begins bringing teams closer together and increase competition.

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Budget cap needs ‘another two years’ to produce “awesome competition” – Brown

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Formula 1’s budget cap will take “probably another two years” before the system begins bringing teams closer together and increase competition.

In an interview posted by the team on social media, Brown said that teams with less sophisticated resources require a handful of years to build up facilities before they can compete with the larger teams. Asked when he forsaw the cap closing up the field, Brown said “I think probably another two years.

“I think even though we’re all kind of on the same money spend now, some teams have bigger infrastructures,” he explained.

“We’re still waiting for our wind tunnel, which is down the road to be done, which will be done here shortly – a new simulator. So even though everyone’s kind of on an equal playing field, or most teams from an annual expenditure standpoint, a handful of the teams have come in with a better technology infrastructure, which we’re catching up on and some other teams are.

“So I think as these regulations stabilise, people will catch up. I think in a couple of years time it’s going to be an awesome competition.”

Blakeley has one hand on esports title as Opmeer eliminated

Reigning two-win Formula 1 esports world champion Jarno Opmeer will lose his championship crown during tomorrow night’s final round after he was mathematically eliminated from contention.

McLaren Shadow driver Lucas Blakeley won his fourth race of the season at Interlagos, leading the majority of the race from pole in changeable conditions to extend his championship advantage to 21 points over Red Bull’s Frederik Rasmussen and Haas’ Thomas Ronhaar a further point behind. Blakeley requires only a top seven finish to secure his first F1 esports championship.

Fox Sports extends Mexico F1 broadcast deal

Formula 1 will remain on Fox Sports in Mexico for the next three seasons after Formula 1 announced it had extended its existing deal with the broadcaster.

Fox Sports Mexico will continue to hold exclusive rights to live coverage of the world championship until the end of the 2025 season. Belgian broadcaster Play Sports will also continue to show Formula 1 in the European nation for the following two seasons after its own deal was extended.

Nato fastest on penultimate day of Formula E test

Nissan driver Norman Nato set the fastest time on the third day of the pre-season test in Valencia ahead of the 2023 season.

Nato, who did not compete in this year’s championship, set the best time of a 1’23.776 to top the third day of running with the series’ new Gen3 car. Nato’s best time was just a tenth of a second quicker than Mahindra’s Oliver Rowland, with Sebastian Buemi putting his new team Envision into third.

Reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne had eclipsed Nato’s quickest time late in the session, but had it deleted due to exceeding track limits. The test ends with a final day of running tomorrow.

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Comment of the day

While Mercedes’ announcement that Mick Schumacher would join them as reserve driver for 2023 thrilled his fans, others were less enthused. Reader PeterG believes Schumacher – and all young drivers – deserve more patience…

People are far too quick to write off drivers now after a difficult season, Especially the younger rookies.

It’s funny how back when testing was unrestricted rookies were given more time to learn than they are now when they get barely any time in an F1 car at all.

It used to be accepted that young rookies would struggle and make mistakes in the first year or two. Yet now if they’re not on it from day 1 they are considered as not that good and written off as not worthy of an F1 seat.

Felipe Massa was awful in his rookie season but he was allowed to learn and mature to the point where he nearly won the championship.

Andrea De Cesaris crashed a lot early on yet developed into a pretty safe pair of hands.

James Hunt was similar but was given time to mature into a champion. Similar with Jody Scheckter.

I doubt James Hunt would have been given the opportunity to fight for a championship in modern F1 as he’d be written off as hopeless before getting there and even if he did he’d be out within a year.

It’s sad the state the sport is in now in this regard.

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16 comments on “F1 will have ‘awesome competition in a couple of years’ as field closes up – Brown”

  1. F1 will have ‘awesome competition in a couple of years’ as field closes up – Brown

    Doubt it very much.

    As for CotD – this is the way the whole world is now. If one person can come in and do well off the bat, then that’s the new expectation. Anyone who doesn’t meet it is not good enough.
    Add the blatant commercialism that F1 is all about now, and less than expected results translate directly into reduced incomes and profit. Not good for any business, never mind one running on F1 scale.

    Another factor not mentioned in this comment is also that while (some) drivers in the past were given more time to mature, that time made them older. Being older tends to mature people anyway.
    Not many 18 year-olds think like, act like or have the values of a 35 year old….

  2. In regards to the COTD, I think they give drivers too much time nowadays. Look at Hulkenburg for example. Nothing but chances. Even Schumi Jr had two full seasons with a total of 50 races or so. All the great drivers of my life showed within the first couple or races or even their first race. That hasn’t changed and won’t. The Sennas, Prosts, Schumachers, Hamiltons, Vettels and Verstappens all were obviously better than the rest from their first few races. And you compare that to Andrea De Cesaris? Tools like Hulkenburg serve a purpose, but there are a lot of drivers like that and they can and should be moved along after 1 or 2 seasons at the most.

    1. Add Yuki Tsunoda to the list too. He scored seven points finishes in `21. Just four in `22, and three were in the first 6 races(he DNS in Saudi Arabia too!). He was told to get his head right after last season, I don’t know what you tell him after this season. And now that I look at it, he had the same amount of points as Mick.. WOW. And mick had a sixth place finish, which put him ahead of Yuki.

      Zhou Guanyu is also on a fine line with just three points finishes vs Bottas’ nine!

  3. hhhhhhhh-aaa
    Mick – I am your farder

    1. Mick – I am your farder

      Wrong your metaphor is

  4. Nothing will change. Max and Red Bull will dominate until 2026 unless FIA and FOM think their entertainment business is in danger of earning them less money, so nerfs to Red Bull car are applied.

    2022 rules were supposed to be the game changer, where old guard of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari are dethroned and new ambitious teams with resources, like Alpine, McLaren and Aston Martin, are at the front, exactly as it has happened in 2009. In reality not a single dry, normal race finished with anything but F, RB and M at the top and the rest miles behind. In 2009 you had Brawn, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Toyota, BMW, Williams, Renault and even Force India (and I’m pretty sure Toro Rosso with top driver would’ve been on that list too) all fighting for a win or at least podium in a grand prix. In 2022 it was always the same 3 teams and 6 drivers, week-in, week-out. How are people still buying tickets for this fake, staged sport I have no idea.

    1. @armchairexpert First regarding 2009, Not all teams you mentioned fought for a podium or win in a single race, albeit the field from top to midfield was generally tighter further into the season than this year, but otherwise, quite accurate on everything.

      1. Brawn – race winners
        Red Bull – race winners
        McLaren – race winners
        Ferrari – even if I think Belgium was cheated win, they had several podiums
        Toyota – several podiums
        BMW – several podiums
        Williams – Rosberg was chasing Hamilton for the win in Singapore until he made a mistake leaving pits
        Renault – podium
        Force India – podium

        So I don’t see where I was wrong saying 9 out of 10 teams that season had at least 1 grand prix with a realistic chance of a win or podium.

  5. 2022 rules were supposed to be the game changer, where old guard of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari are dethroned and new ambitious teams with resources, like Alpine, McLaren and Aston Martin, are at the front, exactly as it has happened in 2009.

    That was never going to happen. F1 didn’t even ‘promise’ it, because they knew it wouldn’t happen.
    They wouldn’t want it to, either. Apart from the fact that the big teams have the most political power within F1 to decide and exploit those new rules, everyone knows they are the biggest drawcards for F1.

    Just imagine if F1 had Hamilton, Verstappen, and Ferrari all spread out throughout the lower half of the grid, unable to compete with the new leaders for several seasons… Haas, Alpha Tauri and Sauber taking most of the podiums…
    Biggest marketing and PR disaster ever.

    The on-track racing product would likely never be better in that scenario – but racing hasn’t been their priority for several decades.

    1. Oh, I agree with you saying they absolutely don’t want to see big names firmly in the midfield, but looking at the comments in last few days they also don’t want podium or even top 5-6 essentially locked out by the same 3 teams and 6 drivers every weekend. 2009 was really fun season with unbelievable level of competitiveness across the whole field. 2022, besides the fact it’s not a sport anymore, was more like a continuation of the last decade or so. If they market it as the great reset (not explicitly, mind you) and there’s no even a chance for 14 drivers, it’s a gigantic failure. Let’s see how long these DTS fans can endure Norris finishing 8th for the next 3 years. Or maybe they don’t care and it’s all about that social media content.

  6. Just a couple days ago someone called me an idiot for saying Andretti joining F1 could potentially help bring in an American manufacturer even if it didn’t up being with Andretti or even if it was just a badging exercise.

    Not saying it’s going to happen, but: l

  7. Zak should have some caution in his estimation, only time will tell, but hopefully.

    I largely share COTD’s view.

  8. Regarding the Brown quote: F1 is probably the only sport where the future (or the past, if you feel nostalgic) is always better than the current era/season. It seems that we are always promised better things in just a few year’s time, yet everything stays basically the same.

  9. ” still I look to find a reason to believe 🎸

  10. Until in 2026 when we will introduce new regulations

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