Brown: Liberty going against some teams' wishes with rule changes

03-01-2019 10:28
by Bobby Vincent
Brown: Liberty going against some teams' wishes with rule changes

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has revealed that Liberty Media has no choice but to go against some teams' wishes in their plans to shake up Formula 1's "broken model".

Liberty Media, F1's owner, are pushing ahead with major changes for the 2021 campaign - when a new car concept, a budget cap and a fairer revenue distribution model will all be introduced in an attempt to make the races closer and more compelling for the viewers.

However, not all the teams on the grid are convinced by Liberty's vision, with big teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes reportedly sceptical about some of the alleged changes.

But Brown believes it is essential that series chiefs go against some of their opponents' wishes.

"We know change in F1 is difficult, and we also know F1 today is a broken model, both as a business and as an on-track product, that is going to need to be changed," Brown explained to Autosport.

"Those that are winning today will obviously feel the compromise about what is happening, and those who are not winning today are going to like the plan.

"It was inevitable that Chase (Carey, F1 chairman) would bring forward a plan that some people like and some people don't like. But he needs to move forward with what he thinks is in the best interest of the sport.

"At the end of the day, what is in the best interests of the sport in the long-term is in the best interests of everyone, if people can get past the short-term compromises that they need to make. Today's F1, if it stays as it is, I think eventually everyone loses." 

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