Jenson Button is a strong advocate of someone outside the realms of F1 coming in to make sense of the current state the sport has spiralled into, and the 2009 World champion believes that his former Team Boss Ross Brawn would be the perfect man for that job, if he could be persuaded to come out of retirement that is.
“Ross would be great” advised Button when speaking to ESPN F1.
“I think Ross would be fantastic, I think everyone believes in Ross and what he has achieved. As long as he had interest to do it, but I’m not sure that he would, he’s enjoying his fishing I’m sure.”
Following an open letter released last month by the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA), of which the Brit is a director alongside Sebastian Vettel and Alex Wurz, an appropriate response from senior figures is yet to emerge.
In the letter, the drivers called for the direction and governance of the sport to be urgently revised, with Button believing that the teams should be taken out of the rule making process completely.
Instead, the McLaren driver thinks an expert should be brought in to oversee proceedings with the goal of moving the sport forward in a productive way, whilst keeping Formula One’s core values at heart.
“You are never going to get all of the teams to agree on a regulation, never, but the problem is at the moment is that you need every team to agree.
“At the moment it’s very tricky and the FIA said that possibly they should have complete control over the regulations which is maybe the case, maybe.
“My team [McLaren] won’t like me talking as I’m talking, but sometimes it needs to be someone outside of the sport. As long as they have the right direction and they have an understanding of the sport and help from experts in certain areas of the sport and the car and aerodynamically, and what have you, maybe the decisions have got to be made from someone else who is not involved with the sport.”
With his experience in key roles at teams such as Mercedes, Brawn GP, Honda, Ferrari and Benetton, Ross Brawn has all the experience and then some, to reside over the pinnacle of motorsport. He is favoured by many in the industry to take over at the top, and a large percentage of people out there would love to see the former Mercedes Team Principal, make a return to the sport.
It has been three years since Brawn left his role with the German marque – has his break from F1 been long enough now to tempt him back through its doors?