Formula one’s Motorsports managing director Ross Brawn has recruited F1 engineers to help work on future technical regulations.
Former Williams Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville will join the ‘small group of engineers dedicated to researching fully the direction and implications of future regulations.’
Somerville has taken on a head of aerodynamics role within the group and is joined by former Brawn engineer Craig Wilson, who arrives as head of vehicle performance.
The third new recruit is Nigel Kerr in the role of finance director of motor sport. Kerr has worked with Brawn before at BAR and through the change to Honda, Brawn and then Mercedes. His role at the team was strategic officer and he should fit into the new finance role very easily.
“I am delighted to welcome three extremely experienced figures who have established themselves as experts within Formula 1 over many decades,” said Brawn.
“We are building a team that enables stronger links to be forged between Formula 1’s management and the sport’s various stakeholders, ensuring that regulations are implemented with the involvement of all parties.”
It’s clear to see the Brawn is looking to surround himself with those he knows and trusts to evolve F1’s sporting aspects. It’s a similar role we seen when he was at Ferrari during their dominance period of the early 2000s when the team of Brawn, Todt and Schumacher amongst others took multiple championship in a row.
The change of role also sees Brawn go from poacher to gamekeeper in effect. During his time on the pit wall he was always looking for the advantage to improve the team rather than the sport, help his employers to win by exploiting grey areas in the rule book.
“It’s a team’s job not to have close racing. And that’s where I’ve been for many years, trying to avoid close racing by being the best.” said Brawn.
“So it’s just going to be a constant process and we are building the teams now within FOM (Formula One Management) in order to understand what needs to be done to keep the sport as closely competitive as possible.”
Brawn, who was appointed to his role in January when Liberty Media took control of the sport from Bernie Ecclestone, has repeatedly said there can be no quick fix to improve racing.
“The steps we make need to be secure steps and they need to be well researched and well though out.”
“The more fundamental changes need a lot of work and a lot of consideration and the arguments need a lot of substance, to make sure that we can carry them with the teams and the FIA.”
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