Ross Brawn has labelled Formula 1 as “a complex sport” that can not be fixed “overnight” by new owners Liberty Media.
The 62-year-old Briton accepted the role of managing director, motorsports in the revamped F1 management structure put together by the US conglomerate following its takeover last month.
Brawn has been tasked with helping improve F1 via a comprehensive review of its regulations, answering directly to Formula One Group CEO Chase Carey and working alongside former ESPN executive Sean Bratches.
Speaking to BBC 5 live Sport, the ex-Ferrari technical director and Mercedes team boss, called for patience when asked about the main problems to address in the sport.
“There are some straightforward issues, but the solutions are going to take some time,” said Brawn, who will attend the first pre-season test in Barcelona. “We want to focus on making the show as good as it can be and the entertainment as good as it can be.
“Every decision that will be made in the future - technical decisions, sporting decisions, economic decisions - will have to tick some boxes and those will be 'does it make sport better? Does it make it more entertaining? Does it make it more economic?'
“Gradually we’ll steer the sport into a better direction, into a better place. You can't change a sport as complex as Formula 1 overnight but the message is that we are fighting to make the sport as entertaining and as viable as we can. I hope with the continued pressure we can apply, we can steer the sport into a better place.”