Brawn targets six F1 races in 2023

Brown originally wanted to hold six events this season, but after a discussion with the teams about the potential cost of damage within budget cap constraints, it was agreed to continue with three races, as was the case last year.

However, racing is one of the items on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the F1 committee, where an increase to six sprint races for next year will be discussed once again.

Brown hopes he can convince the teams to agree to the plan.

“We would like to discuss on Tuesday increasing it to six races, so we would like to do six next year,” Brown said.

“I suspect [the teams] We can see the success and I think we didn’t quite know where we were last year with the old cars, but I think they can see the way that feeds into the new cars, the new cars philosophy.

“So I’m optimistic that they will all see the value in it and what we offer the fans. I think the thing you should always remember about the sprint is that it gives you a great Friday too. We have qualification on Friday, three days of excitement for the fans, so we can’t ignore that.”

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW44, Alex Albon, Williams FW44, chasing the group at the start

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Brown says the priority next week is to agree on a number of sprints for 2023, rather than discussing any changes to the format.

“I think if we try to implement a lot of changes, what I would like to do is at least settle for six races. And after those three races, we can see if there are some developments in the coordination that we want to do. But I would just go to six races , get that mattress and settle down.

“And then, if there are any changes in the format that we feel are worthwhile, we can look at them.

“The six races need to pass a simple majority. Any changes in coordination in the future, must pass by an overwhelming majority, so eight teams will have to agree. So, I think the important thing is to do the simple thing first. And then there may be room in the future for more Development “.

Brown says this year’s shift to points for the top eight instead of the top three in finishing the race has been a positive step.

“I mean, obviously, that’s why we did that, to make it more valuable, to make it more attractive down the grid. So I think the great thing is that we do that by trying to race again, to see how it evolves.”

“I think we can apply other changes in the shape or other developments in the sport, where we can take a small number of races and evaluate the change and see how it works. I think it’s a great way forward.”

Max Verstappen overtakes Charles Leclerc for 21 laps near the end of the Imola race

Max Verstappen overtakes Charles Leclerc for 21 laps near the end of the Imola race

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Brown insisted that Saturday’s event at Imola, which saw Max Verstappen pass Charles Leclerc for the lead in the closing laps after the Ferrari driver struggled with tire problems, showed the value of coordination.

“I think as we all know, racing drivers are racing drivers. So any ideas they would have taken easily into the race, I don’t think it was. I think we were lucky, and the tires were perfect for a sprint, because they started to deteriorate.

“And of course, in a normal race the driver would have come into the pit, changed the tires, it all comes back to strategy. But we had one shot in the race and the drivers had to make the tires last.

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“We are very pleased with the sprint race, great entertainment, lots of races going on, lots of overtaking.

“We’ve shown that cars can follow. You might say it’s a DRS, but you can’t use a DRS unless you get on the back of the car. So I think overall, it was a huge success.”

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