If you consider that Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll represent the only midfield drivers who have scored a podium finish since 2017, you get a sense of the disparity between Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and the rest of the field.
In fact, as Autosport points out very well, the gap between Red Bull and the fourth place or “best of the rest” team, Renault, is the margin since the points system changed back in 2010 (don’t get me started on that rant). This disparity has been something that Formula 1’s Ross Brawn has been charged to cure and he’s not happy about the difference in performance.
“As was the case in 2017, only once and significantly, on a very unusual street circuit like Baku, did a driver from one of those seven teams make it to the podium,” said Brawn.
“Two podiums from a total of 123 [across the two seasons] is unacceptable, especially when it comes with an ever increasing technical and financial divide.
“It’s a problem we are tackling together with the FIA and the teams, because the future of Formula 1 depends on it.
“There are various solutions on the table and we must all accept that we can’t go on like this for too much longer.”
Kevin Magnussen was quoted as saying that he was driving for the “other championship” or championship B and that was met with some furrowed eyebrows this year. Bran doesn’t want there to be two championships.
“Their battle was certainly thrilling, however, it’s hard for the fans to truly get excited about a battle for eighth place,” said Brawn.
“Having said that, congratulations to Renault for finishing fourth, confirming the progress it is making and to Haas, as finishing fifth in only your third year in the sport is a great achievement.”
There are a few, but significant, changes for next season with a raft of possible changes due in 2021 and Brawn hopes this will cure what ills F1 at the moment. As we’ve said here many times, getting all the teams to agree to those 2021 changes is going to be very difficult and the first step in doing so is the slowly pull each white-knuckled team finger from the steering wheel of F1.
The big teams have a firm grasp on the direction of F1 and are the heavy investors, so they carry a large stick. Can compromise between the teams and F1 actually see enough significant changes to make an impact?
Hat Tip: Autosport