Silverstone 'perfect demonstration' of F1 progress, says Brawn

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LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) - The British Grand Prix provided a "perfect demonstration" of what Formula One aimed to achieve with its 2022 cars and how much safer the sport has become, according to managing director Ross Brawn.

The halo head protection system was credited with saving the life of Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou after a huge first-lap crash while Sunday's race at Silverstone had close racing and thrilling overtakes. read more

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz won the race for his first victory in Formula One.

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"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," Brawn said in a column on the F1 website (www.formula1.com).

"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," he added.

Brawn, a former team boss and technical director, said the drivers had been positive about the change and ability to follow closely the cars in front without turbulence.

He said many had observed they had a much better chance of forcing a mistake by being able to sit on the tail of another driver.

"The frequency where cars are following for consecutive laps and challenging for consecutive laps is much better this year than in previous years," said Brawn.

He said that showed the sport and governing FIA had taken the right direction with the aerodynamic rule changes introduced this season to make racing closer and more exciting.

"The introduction of raceability is going to be a significant change for F1 for the future," said Brawn.

"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 One. We’ve not seen that before."

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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