Ross Brawn’s plans for the future of Formula One threaten to turn the sport on its head. He wants to reduce the advantages teams get from investing heavily into research and development and stop the sport trying to remain relevant to road car technology. At the moment, teams like Mercedes and Ferrari can invest heavily into research and development and, if that’s done right, the advantage they find on the race track is huge. Meanwhile, smaller teams struggle to invest enough to stay within the 107% needed to be able to compete. Since Liberty took over the sport, CEO Chase Carey and motorsports managing director Brawn have been sharing their plans to make Formula One more competitive. In order to narrow the gap between the front and back of the field, Brawn wants to flatten the steep performance against investment slope. “What we really need to do is reduce that slope and find ways within the technical regulations of rewarding less for heavy investment,” he told ESPN. “That’s the concept, achieving that is more difficult. “Every decision that’s made, we have to take that into account. Are we giving more scope for heavy investment to go further or are we reducing it? We just need to keep thinking about it and making sure that all the discussions that happen are going in the right direction to pull the slope down.” Brawn also believes a budget cap should be discussed again. He didn’t go as far as saying it is completely necessary, but believes it would solve a number of problems that Formula One faces. One thing that would do would limit the amount manufacturers can develop their engines, but Brawn isn’t concerned about what that would do to the sport. In fact, that might just be for the best, he believes, as F1 can’t stay relevant to the road cars manufacturers would be trying to develop. “If we say Formula One has to align itself with road cars, then logically we end up with an electrical car that drives itself, and nobody wants that in Formula One,” he said. “We have gone partway into the hybrid route, and they are fabulous energies in terms of the technology, but I want to engage with the manufacturers and get their views on what is the racing engine of the future. “I don’t have the solution. I’m not saying we should go back to where we were because that would be a shame if we just went back to where we were five years ago because these engines are amazing pieces of technology… but I don’t see how we can carry on on that path, so I want to sit down with the manufacturers and understand what their objectives are, because they invest a huge amount in Formula One, and see what the path is with the engines in the future. It’s another key element.” For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. Is this the right direction for Liberty to be heading in, and is it even possible? Let us know in the comments below!