The performance of the new team of Daniel Ricciardo was called the "unacceptable" managing director of Formula 1 motor racing.
Renault has not finished its podium after returning to sports in 2016, and Ross Brown says that the “future of Formula One” depends on how the midfield teams find a way to bridge the gap with the best teams.
Since the current rules were introduced in 2014, riders from Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull won every race, while in 2017 and 2018 there was only one time in each season when a driver from outside the Big Three team finished on the podium
Ricciardo shook the world of Formula 1 earlier when he announced switching from Red Bull to Renault in 2019, where he initially expected him to fight for the pace of the leading teams.
Brown, who controlled all seven Michael Schumacher titles in Benetton and Ferrari, before winning the world title with Brawn GP and Jenson Button in 2009, says that the performance of the midfield teams needs to be improved.
“They practically raced in their own championship with too much difference in performance between them and Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull,” said Brown.
“As in 2017, only once and significantly, on a very unusual street, such as Baku, the driver from one of these seven teams took the podium. Last year, it was Lance Walk at Williams, this time it was Sergio Perez for Force India.
"Two of the 123 podiums are unacceptable, especially when it comes to the ever-growing technical and financial gap."
Given that the sport is set to introduce a number of aerodynamic changes for 2019, there are concerns that the leading teams will continue to expand their advantage, given that they have the financial resources to make full use of the rule changes.
However, the FIA is considering some long-term solutions, including budgetary constraints that limit the amount each team can spend.
“This is a problem that we solve 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 all have to agree that we cannot continue this for too long.
“I'm not going to hurt, referring to the“ other ”championship, this is just a way to describe the situation, and their battle was certainly exciting. However, it’s not easy for fans to really worry about the battle for eighth place.
“Having said that, I congratulate Renault on its fourth, confirming the progress it has made, and Haas, since finishing fifth in its third year in the sport is a great achievement.
“Sauber fought back after the battle over the previous two years, in part thanks to Leclerc’s talents. But the special word goes to the Force India men and women who have worked hard all season, not allowing themselves to be distracted by the serious problems that affect the company, and its very existence is threatened. I think that managing the Power of India on a grid and ensuring its stable future is one of the most important things that happened in 2018. ”