Formula 1 sporting managing director Ross Brawn says he will "fight at every level" to ensure there is good racing for 2018 amid concerns the revised technical regulations won't deliver the spectacle desired this season.

The 2017 season - beginning with this weekend's Australian Grand Prix - sees the start of a new technical era for F1, with cars being multiple seconds per lap faster this year by virtue of added downforce and mechanical grip.

While single lap times will tumble this year, there are concerns as to whether the changes will be conducive to good racing as drivers may not be able to follow rivals and get close to overtake.

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After being appointed F1's new sporting managing director following Liberty Media's takeover of the sport in January, ex-Ferrari and Benetton technical chief Brawn has been tasked with improving the on-track spectacle and making racing better.

Brawn said that while he had to respect the existing governance structures in F1 regarding rule changes, he would push hard to invoke change for 2018 if deemed necessary.

"There is governance for a good reason in Formula 1, and however much we feel it should be more focused on the decisions of an individual to decide the direction of Formula 1, the danger of that is that if that individual is no longer involved and you get another individual with a different point of view it can be very dangerous," Brawn said.

"So you have a governance procedure and I think that's still essential. But if we see things this year that we don't think are great for the sport we will be fighting our corner and we will fight at every level. So you can rest assured that we will be working with the FIA to find solutions if we don't think the racing is as good as it could be."

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Brawn did stress that he did not want to make knee-jerk changes in F1, with Liberty's approach set to be more considered when it comes to improving the sport.

"I think the reality is that quick changes on the technical or sporting side are really against the view we're preaching, which is let's think about things carefully and let's have a proper, measured structure and response," Brawn said.

"If there is a serious issue - I don't know what it might be - of course we will want to get involved. We all know Formula 1 turns up issues, it's its very nature, but today I couldn't say to you we need to change a, b and c to immediately change the racing for tomorrow.

"I think the new regulations, let's say it's a little unfortunate we've got some of the detail around the cars, and I'd like to sit down with the teams and the FIA because I don't think we intended that. That would be an initial program.

"But the main thing for me is getting this structure together of the team within FOM and the way of working together with the teams in Formula 1 and the FIA to start to progress the ideas. Our ideas won't be exclusive, I think we can create the environment where we can get these discussions going, but really very well managed and structured discussions so that they do come to a conclusion and we do know what we're doing and they're not left up in the air for the next meeting."


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