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Ross Brawn

Brawn thanks 'new culture in rulemaking' for British GP classic

Ross Brawn has branded the 2022 British Grand Prix a "classic" after a late-race battle for the lead involving multiple teams and drivers.

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Ross Brawn has branded the 2022 British Grand Prix as a "classic" and has credited a "new culture in rulemaking" for Sunday's dramatic race.

Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton all took turns to lead the race at Silverstone before Carlos Sainz was crowned the winner.

The final laps provided the most excitement with Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso joining the race leaders for an epic scrap for the final podium places that delivered multiple overtakes on one lap.

And it is Formula 1's decision to design cars geared toward "raceability" that is to thank for the spectacle witnessed by a record-breaking crowd in Great Britain.

"What we are seeing is a new culture with regards to creating the rules," raved Brawn, in his latest Formula 1 column.

"When the regulations are changed or developed, the factors taken into consideration are not just lap time or cost – but also raceability.

"The introduction of raceability is going to be a significant change for F1 for the future. If there is a legacy of this era, it will be that raceability is now going to be a factor that is always considered when new cars are designed for Formula 1. We’ve not seen that before.

"Remember, it's in the name – these are race cars," he said.

Brawn: This year's British GP was a classic

The spectacle was also helped by Mercedes, this time Lewis Hamilton, finding a way past their porpoising issues and joining the fight at the front. The home hero looked at one stage to be heading for victory, before a Safety Car allowed the vulnerable Ferrari cars ahead of him to pit for new tyres.

He said: "It's great to see the teams and the sport as a whole getting on top of the porpoising issue. At Silverstone, we saw teams had a better handle on the phenomenon with the FIA to continue working with them to eliminate it completely."

Brawn also explained: "This year’s race at Silverstone was a classic – and a perfect demonstration of what the sport was trying to achieve with these revolutionary new racing cars. It was a relief to see Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon are okay after big impacts – and once again, a fine example of the progress Formula 1 and the FIA have made with safety.

"Thereafter, we were treated to some fabulous racing. What pleased me was the precision the drivers could have with the cars. We saw countless fascinating battles that went for several corners, with multiple changes of position.

"We saw drivers were able to take multiple lines with these new cars – and that allowed for two, three or even four cars going almost side-by-side. The quality of the passes was high, too. Drivers really had to work to get a move done – it wasn't simply a case of using DRS (Drag Reduction System) to fly by."

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