Brawn: F1 has a duty to make championship more balanced

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Formula 1 sporting managing director Ross Brawn feels the sport’s bosses have a “duty” to fix the unbalanced performance of teams on the grid without acting artificially.

The 2017 season came to a close in Abu Dhabi last weekend with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull having shared all 20 race wins, marking the fourth straight year no other team has won a grand prix.

The performance gap between the three leading teams and the rest of the field has led to calls for greater balance throughout the grid in a bid to create tighter, better racing that is more attractive to fans.

Writing in a post-race newsletter in Abu Dhabi, Brawn stressed the need for F1’s bosses to review and fix the gap between the leading teams and the remainder of the field.

“The Abu Dhabi race confirmed in no uncertain terms the huge gap between the top three teams and the rest of the grid,” Brawn said.

“After 10 laps,seventh-placed¬†Nico Hulkenberg was already 19.170 seconds off the leader, which grew to 85s by the end of the race – and here we’re talking about an exceptional driver and a factory team representing one of four major automotive manufacturers in Formula 1.

“I think we have a duty to look at ways of making the championship more balanced, without resorting to artificial or improvised means.

“That’s why, for several months, working first and foremost with the FIA and the teams, we have been looking at ideas to make the sport we all love, more interesting.

“That’s what the fans want, as has been seen from the research we have carried out over the past few months and let’s not forget that they are the sport’s most important asset.”