- wide-ranging column on McLaren’s website looking ahead to 2022 for both the Woking outfit and the sport as a whole, the American team chief expressed strong views on several key topics in F1 – especially around the formation of regulations.
Brown said he hoped the recent election of new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem “provides the opportunity for collective reform of the way Formula 1 operates”.
The FIA is currently holding an inquiry into the events of last month’s 2021 season finale.
“It is obvious to focus on the events of Abu Dhabi at the end of last season, which are the subject of an FIA investigation, but this was a symptom rather than cause in my view,” wrote Brown, McLaren’s CEO.
“There have been systemic issues around alignment and clarity on who makes the rules – the FIA or the teams – that have manifested themselves in the past couple of years, at times in a high-profile way.
The signs of organisational difficulties could be seen at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix and at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix, both hallmarked by a seeming lack of preparation for the events unfolding and temporary inertia on the solutions.
Greater clarity on the roles of the FIA and F1 and the need for increased leadership of the sport will undoubtedly be on the agenda for Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Stefano Domenicali and their respective teams.
“Previous administrations pursued a mainly autocratic style of governance, so to point the sport in the right direction it was necessary to take a more consultative approach with teams and stakeholders. But now the sport has been successfully reset, moving forward there is a need to shift back to stronger, more directive leadership and governance