Brawn: Performance gap in F1 is a shame

While Formula 1 wallows in the aftermath of a riveting Bahrain Grand Prix, the cruel reality is that the gap between the top three teams and the rest is alarming and according to motorsport chief Ross Brawn needs to be addressed.

Speaking ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, Brawn said of the first two races of the season, “It’s a shame that we were pretty much watching two grands prix: one conducted in the absence of Red Bull was a battle between two teams, Ferrari and Mercedes, and then there was a race involving everybody else.”

Brawn also noted, “Just six drivers completed the full 57 laps and the gap between third-placed Hamilton and fourth-placed Gasly there was a huge 55 seconds.”

“However, the size of the performance gap is not surprising when you consider that out of last year’s 60 podium places, just one went to a driver not driving a Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull – Lance Stroll, for Williams in Baku.”

“It is further proof that we need to do something. It is one of the goals outlined in our vision for the Formula 1 of the future, which we presented to the teams and to the FIA last Friday in Bahrain.”

“Along with the organising body, we want to work on achieving this to make this sport even more spectacular and appealing,” insisted Brawn.

Big Question: How to close the gap to the big three F1 teams?