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Brawn doesn’t want Schumacher to “dominate” Rosberg
Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Jan 2010   |  2:21 pm GMT  |  141 comments

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn has had more to say on the dynamic between his two drivers this season. He said that he has great faith in Nico Rosberg and that he does not want Michael Schumacher to dominate the team. He makes it clear that he feels that favouring one driver damages the motivation of the other.

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Speaking in an interview with F1.com, Brawn spoke of Rosberg benefitting from being Schumacher’s team mate to set him up for life after Schumacher’s retirement.

“I never wanted Michael to dominate, ” he said. “(At Ferrari) Michael dominated because he was the best. There was never a structure that enabled him to dominate. He dominated because he was the fastest and most consistent driver. So we will have to see how the season develops.

“It is not good having one driver dominate a team because that means the other driver is not performing as he should. I don’t want Michael to dominate. I want them both to compete very strongly and both to win races. But at the end of the day we want to win the championship. Decisions may develop where one driver has to be given extra support for the championship but we won’t do that until the situation arises. Until then it is a completely open competition and I don’t want one driver to dominate the other.”

At Ferrari. Brawn made the decisions, especially during races, but the tone was set by Jean Todt, then the team principal. In his own team, Brawn made some decisions last season which went Jenson Button’s way during races and which irritated Rubens Barrichello, but close analysis of the decisions shows that they allowed Barrichello a chance to come out on top, but he failed to take it. At Ferrari he was clearly moved out of the way on occasions to Scumacher’s benefit. It is unlikely that this would be repeated at Mercedes partly because Brawn is in charge and times ahave changed, partly because it would not be what Mercedes want and partly because Rosberg is the kind of driver who would have a lot to say about it.

That said, every team will invoke some priority later in the season if one of the drivers is going for the world title.

I find Brawn’s comments on Rosberg very interesting. He says he tried to hire him for Honda in 2007 and has the highest admiration for his raw talent. Like many drivers in his position, the first win is a hurdle he needs to overcome soon. Many people admired Rosberg’s performances after a shaky start last season, but to hear Brawn speak in such glowing terms is interesting. He’s not normally given to eulogies on young drivers. He normally only speaks in glowing terms like this of drivers he knows well.

“We have tried to sign Nico for several years,” he says. “We had strong discussions with him two years ago. We see Nico as a great talent, but it needs finishing and maturing. He has not won a race yet, although he came very close, and I think it is a wonderful partnership between him and Michael. They work well together and I see Michael helping Nico develop his career. Michael has come out of retirement but we have to accept that there will come a day when he has to stop forever and then we will have Nico.”

As for the new car, which will debut on Monday, Brawn expects a significant performance step from the chamionship wining Brawn car of 2009. This will make it a pretty competitive machine unless one of the main rivals has found some unique solution to deal with the added weight and tyre wear of the cars under the 2010 rules.

“It’s probably quite a bit quicker, ” he says. “We have two stages with the car. The one you will see in Valencia and a different car that you will see in Bahrain.”

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1

You are absolutely spot on.

At the end of ’95, Schumacher was a double world champion and clearly the class driver of his time, he could have had his pick out of any team that he wanted.

Jean Todt recognised that MS was the only driver with the speed, the commitment and the ability to galvanise and motivate a team to do what needed to be done.

While Schumacher would have easily won the next few WDC titles had he signed with Williams who had the fastest car by a MILE, he instead agreed to take on the monumental challenge of rebuilding the once-great marque.

The faith MS showed in Ferrari (and ultimately Jean Todt’s ability to provide the infrastrucure and, just as importantly the culture required to turn things around at Ferrari) was rewarded with absolute support.

In many respects, removing the “Teammate” issue just allowed Schumacher to focus more on the massive task ahead of him.

When people say “Schumacher has never truly proven himself because he has never had a top-line teammate” I laugh because most of the other “Greats” such as Fangio, Prost, Senna etc were continually searching for which team was going to be the fastest and changing teams accordingly, but schumacher CHOSE to help rebuild a struggling team rather than the easy option of joining the team with the fastest car, so I think he deserves even greater respect that these other drivers.

2

I think that is a very fair assessment. People who criticise Schumacher for his modus operandi forget how far behind Ferrari had fallen when he went there.

3

I don’t think opting for Ferrari with their (promise of) RB, RB, Todt, lots of money was much of a choice. He’d have been a fool not to go for it.

Ferrari were on the up (it was only their dreadful gearbox that costs MS wins in his first season) and what other driver in the pitlane would have refused? Williams may or may not have been on his wish list but I doubt the same amount of money was on theirs.

Further, with Williams a driver always seemed to me to be a bit of an inconvenience. The worst thing you could be in their eyes was WDC.

That said, even if it was the greatest bit of self sacrifice since the Tale of Two Cities, I still think it doesn’t have any bearing on his conduct when racing. One does not excuse the other.

4

I think Ross Brawn’s public statement of no favouritism towards the drivers is a message for Schumacher as much as for the public and Rosberg. It puts everyone on notice on what to expect, and any deviation will be spotted not only in the team but by fans who will make it a public issue. Brawn appears decisive, sincere and confident of winning, his attitude makes sense for the team and the drivers.

It is however interesting that Schumacher is talking about staying beyond 3 years at the same time that Brawn is saying he must eventually retire leaving a strong Rosberg on the team.

Maybe Schumacher will play fairest of the fair this time around, as many will be looking for the tiniest bit of unsportsmanlike behaviour from him. His own children are now at an age when they will be watching and asking questions and he cannot lose their respect. (He loves children and the sad plight of many in the world has inspired him to do some major charity work.)

5

Although I have a lot of respect for Ross, I’m another one who can’t really agree with him saying “There was never a structure that enabled him to dominate”.

Here’s a little story that I don’t see mentioned much.

I remember, after Austria 2002, there’d been a lot of hoo-hah about what exactly was written in Michael’s contract. After a lot of griping, it eventually came out that his contract said that the team would give preference to the driver with the greatest number of points after the first three races.

Come 2003, and the third race was the rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix, a race that Rubens had never won. Going into the race, Schumacher had 10 points, Rubens had 2. However, Schumi spun off on the river running across the track and Rubens, who’d been on pole, was in the lead by twenty seconds having set several fastest laps.

Now we all know how that race went as the rain came back in, so it’s entirely possible that things might have changed, but had Rubens stayed in his healthy lead, he would have not only won his home race for the first time in eleven years of trying, but he’d have exited the third race of the season with 12 points to Schumacher’s 10.

However, that didn’t happen, because he ran out of fuel on lap 47, something I hadn’t remembered happening to a driver since Jean Alesi’s notorious goof at Australia 1997. Not a pit-stop refuelling cock-up either, far from it, Rubens’ pit-stop had taken an awfully long time to arrive.

You draw your own conclusions. I did, and was surprised that nobody else picked up on this re. what had been revealed the previous year about the contract situation.

At least Ross had the grace to look very ashamed as he tried to explain to the ITV pit reporter what had happened. Come to think of it, I guess that’d have been our very own James Allen…who’ll probably come along now and tell me I’ve got it wrong. In a way, I hope I have, but it seemed very clear to me at the time what had happened.

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Your contract story is cr*p. I think in the years preceding 2003, Schumacher has shown that he can consistently compete for wins throughout the season. Everybody goes through ups and downs, and just cuz Schumi goes through a bad phase for the first 4-5 races, doesn’t mean his co-driver gets the better deal. You dont gain respect just by winning World Championsips or putting on great overtaking moves, its obtained by working Miracles. Three years after retirement people are still talking about Schumi and wanting him to race – What does it say about him?? [mod]

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Don’t get me wrong – and I probably should have said this in my earlier post – I admire Schumacher for his undeniable talent and what he has done with it, and I’m thrilled to see him back on the grid. No really, I am! I was very disappointed when his neck let him down last summer. I can’t wait to see him back.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t have reservations about some of the things he’s done in his career, but then, I could say the same about most of the top drivers on the grid.

I suppose there was a time many years ago when I had a very dim view of him, but James’ first book on him, “Driven to Extremes”, helped me understand the guy a lot more, and after that I developed a grudging respect for him. By the time he retired, I was sorry to see him go.

As for “my” contract story, well I wish I could give you a source for it, but it’s a long time ago and I can no longer remember. It wasn’t just some gossip off an internet forum though; I did read it somewhere fairly reputable.

It was basically said in reply to all those unpleasantly aggressive questions he was asked after Austria 2002, stuff like “Are you the better driver Michael, or do you just have the better contract?” which one person asked him, or just the point-blank “Do you have your number one status written into your contract?” These nasty questions understandably riled him, for as you say, he didn’t really need any of that to be successful, not with his talent.

Eventually someone let it be known that, while he didn’t have number one status written into his contract as such, it did have the clause I described above in it. Apparently Irvine had been happy to have an explicit No.1/No.2 written into the contracts, but Barrichello had refused to accept that (remember all that stuff he said at the time of joining Ferrari about how he’d have equal status in the team?). The solution? The “best after three races” clause that was in both their contracts, which in practice meant that Schumacher, with his superior talent, would always be given number one status very early in the season.

Except in 2003, when Rubens ran out of fuel when it was about to be his turn…

Is it true? I don’t know for sure – I’m just telling a story that I believe to be true, given what I read and saw at the time and then drawing my own conclusions, which is all I can do.

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There have been some examples of teams limiting one driver’s abilities to compete with the favoured driver.

Many – me included I have to say – dismissed Mansell’s whinge that he was getting inferior equipment to Piquet as, well, a Mansell whinge. I was no big fan of his and thought he was making excuses. A friend, a rabid (the only kind then) NM supporter, produced speed trap timing stats which showed that there was a considerable difference between the two cars which could not be down to driver ability. Indeed, I believed Honda when they said they allowed the drivers their choice of engine.

My friend was over the moon when NM took over the spare car, which was set up for Piquet, and trounced him. A little later Honda were forced into admitting that they did indeed modify the engine output depending on the individual driver. Outrageous conduct, as near to cheating as you could get.

I heard a suggestion that that spat cost Williams the Honda engine.

25 years ago I would not have believed that a team would put obstacles in the way of one of their drivers competing with another. Now I am certain it has gone on.

I have no evidence that Ferrari ensured that Rubens could not beat MS. To the question ‘Were they capable of such underhand tactics?’ I would have to answer a resounding ‘Yes.’

We had Rubens whinging about the support he got from Ferrari much more strongly than Mansell ever did about Williams/Honda. But most press reports suggested it was his Latin temperament and that the unfortunate ‘accidents’ were just that: accidents. After all, Brummies and Latins are virtually identical, aren’t they.

McLaren treated Prost and Senna identically as far as possible and that made for some exciting racing. 1988, for all that there was just the one car in it, was one of the most memorable seasons I’ve ever experienced. The Todt years at Ferrari were some of the worst.

I’m not anti Ferrari nor am I anti Todt. The two together though . . .

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I like Nico he doesnt seem to “up himself” like some drivers are. I hope they have a close fight this year, Nico is one of the gems of the current crop of drivers.

I want Schumi to beat him though 🙂

James, as RB is a fan of the blog, i reckon you should try and get him to post a blog or two here..

10

Reading thru the comments, it just came to my mind…suspension…hmmm….could it be…

11

Because button lucked his way into the most unworthy championship in history. Has to b worst wdc in 30 years. Just look at 2nd half of last year when his dd advantage gone and why did NODODY want him when Honda went burst in December 08

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Apparently he had several offers from other teams, but wanted to stay with Honda if it could survive because he knew just how good the new car was going to be.

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Boring.

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MS is back simply because he needs to clarify his worthiness as his 2000 to 2004 WDCs were questionable. Comments made from the true hardcore fans can’t be all wrong, in fact most, if not all were spot on. You can fool some people some of the time but not all of them though. But I feel Ross is not 100% confident of MS dominance hence better not be overwhelmed that MS will be at the top. CLEVER man.

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Ha ha ha hardcore fans? Care to look at the facts?

As I posted in other comment I won’t rewrite it again.

In the 54 qualifying sessions of the 2006 season, Massa was genuinely quicker than

Schumacher only once – in Q2 at Monza, by 0.128s.

Micheal’s average advantage over Massa in those 54 sessions was in excess of half a second (fuel corrected).

That’s a staggering degree of superiority over a driver we now know is very fast, You could say Massa has improved but MS was quicker on the tracks that Massa owns.

A few years ago, Eddie Irvine said “if a few of us are a three tenth faster than what we can do best, we will be legends.”

Now, Massa is a championship contender, fast enough to give trouble to anyone in same machinery. If you are over half a second faster than a guy like that, you are on a different planet.

Team bosses recognized him as the best and tried to get MS on board. If you think arm-chair fans know more, you are just being very funny.

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Brawn’s correct. Schumacher was only number 1 because he was by far the best. It really is as simple as that. People just look for desperate excuses to try and take the glean off Schumacher’s immense stats.

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i agree. you can’t be number one if you don’t have the speed.

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hmmmmmm. Methinks Mr Brawn speaks with a pointy tongue

Nico signs for the team, and Ross hails him as “a great talent”.

Schumi signs and Ross backs him to win the championship and now describes Nico as “not finished”.

Nico signs first, and is listed as the number 3 in the FIA listings.

Schumi decides he wants no. “3” – and gets it. Rosberg drops to being number 4, and will be listed below Schumi in the FIA teamsheets.

Nico signed first, and has the first day of testing of the new car to himself (track time all important due to the testing ban).

Schumi decides he wants to drive too on the first day with the new car…and gets that too, interrupting Nicos first run.

Nico, Old Chum, I would be worried if I were you – Ross does indeed want Schumacher to dominate. Ignore the baloney, your numbers up Im afraid, and it has ‘no.2’ written all over it.

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Mike from Medellin, Colombia

Excellent post! I 100% agree.

This is Ross soft-soaping Nico. He knows that Nico must be hurt at the moment and this is his way of getting him to keep his chin up.

Ross is also attempting to bat away media pressure. Favouring MS will have to come into play to if they are to take on Alonso/Ferrari and Hamilton/McLaren. He’s just preparing the media for the eventuality of a “natural No. 1”.

Ross understands what won him 7 championships between 1994-2004. Wrapping the team around the world’s best driver and having on side a quickish no. 2.

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Brawn has settled down so well into the role of team principal..

Wonder why he didn’t want to be principal at Ferrari??

21

I thought he did want to but Montezemolo and/or Todt did not and that’s why Ross went to Honda after his one year sabbatical. James?

22

James, do you get the impression that some of your readers are out to impress you? is Legend’s “close analysyis” aimed at receiving an invite to change career perhaps?

Great article James, as usual. I find the comments are a great indication as to the quality of your blog as you have attracted a loyal and educated following. A tribute to you sir.

How about a writing contest? You could assume the mantle of mentor as per Schumacher and one of the lucky readers gets to be Rosberg for the day.

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What a great idea! Thanks

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It’s really interesting hearing Brawn say this, given that favouring one driver (Schumacher) brought him & Ferrari 5 consecutive titles.

Do you think Brawn also feels Schumacher is not quite at the level he was during that title run, and hence can’t back him alone? Or does he genuinely believe competition between team mates is the way to go?

Had they known Schumacher was available prior to hiring Rosberg, would they have still hired Rosberg, or gone for a more subservient no 2?

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he is a clear number 2. We are talking about it now, but if schumacher is at his best, as brown is sure will be, he is going to be the usual number 2 driver. To me he is overrated, and i can’t understand why? his looks? His name? I don’t now. If schumacher is not at his best, then there might be a fight to know who gets the best bits of equipment first.

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Opposite Lock (Ken)

I do think Ross’ comments are a bit disingenuous. At Benneton the car was designed around Michael and his preferences. So much so that the team refused to believe the drivers that replaced Michael when they claimed the car was undrivable. Much the same occurred at Ferrari. The car was designed with Michael in mind. (if I recall, he likes a pointy very skittish car. Lots of oversteer.) The other driver had to adapt as best he could.

I don’t think it was a bad strategy since Scumi was head and shoulders better than any of his teammates. Now that Ross wants to nurture and develop Nico for the future, he will have to be more neutral in his approach.

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It was very effective too – Irvine and Barrichello may have felt demotivated, but Schuey won five straight titles. Not sure car was designed around MS as you as you say it was. The cars just got better and that actually mean Irvine was able to get closer to Schuey on lap time, ironically

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depressed!! they should be so happy that they were given the chance to drive for the best team in the history of the sport, with possibly the best driver as a teammate.

It’s a shame though, than on the rare ocasion rubens was faster, came the little napoleon to damage the show. irvine was never faster. but at least he had the guts to not lie to himself.

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James,

There was a lot of talk at the time that the Ferrari had been designed to be ‘pointy’ to suit MS’ driving style. Was that all spin as well?

I’m getting to the stage where I feel I can’t believe anything.

I remember seeing a print-out of his throttle positions on a corner with one from Hakkers for comparison and it did show a certain lack of smoothness. MS was on and off the pedal all the way through. There was a comment that such information was of little use to other teams as the car had to be designed from the word go to handle that way.

More spin I suppose.

At the time I thought the reduced gap between the two Ferrari drivers was down to MS not having to try all that hard. He always seemed to have speed, grip and traction in hand but only used it when he needed to.

It seemed that the Ferrari of WCC days was well ahead of the others. We were back to Williams/Honda days. Mind you, without the drivers competing with one another there was no need to lap everyone else in the field.

And Irvine demotivated? Surely not. He was taken on as clear number two. He had nothing to do but park his car away from MS’ in the pits. He knew exactly what he was letting himself in for from the time he signed on the dotted line. He walked away from Ferrari with evey bit of the motivation he took into it. And it wasn’t in a big bag.

He had talent. I think there is little argument against that. The only question is how much demand he made of it.

RB, well that might be another matter. If he believed he had an equal chance to win as MS then he was in a lonely place.

Do we believe RB when he suggests that he has changed tactics? The fact that he has a skilled driver as number two would tend to indicate that he has but, as you say, MS wasn’t confirmed until after Nico signed. He might, in some way, have been ‘forced’ upon RB.

Ross has a brilliant on screen persona. He comes over as chatty, confiding and open. That sort of presence doesn’t come easily or without training. Is that the real RB? Or is he one of the leaders of the Ferrari years?

What is he like, James?

30

He’s as he seems, but beneath the surface he is very tough. If you look at some of the decisions he has taken and the way he saved the team last year then pulled Mercedes away from McLaren and towards him, he’s a heck of an operator.

31

Good point here. One thing I’ve always wondered about is Eddie Irvine’s ability to take Mika H. to (IIRC) the last round the year Schumi broke his leg.

By itself, this tends to refute the notion that the car (that year at least) wasn’t built solely with Schumi in mind. Was the car so good that it made Eddie look better than he might have? Does it mean that Eddie was better than he’s given credit for? Does it say that Mika and McLaren weren’t so on their game that season?

Maybe all of the above? Your thoughts James?

32

I also agree that Nico is blisteringly fast. Not a fan of any driver these days but he is at least as good as massa or any other driver that can lose a wdc by 1 point. Seems that way to me especially in 09 at the start

33

“(At Ferrari) Michael dominated because he was the best. There was never a structure that enabled him to dominate.”

Im sure Rubens Barrechello will have something to say about that, he has been quite critical of Schumacher in recent times a dont think Ross Brawns comments will please Rubens.

34

May be Ross Brawn wouldn’t be too pleased with the fact that Rubens was blaming Ferrari when he wasn’t a match to his ex-teammate.

Eddie said complete opposite to what Rubens said.

35

he is just talking. At the begining of the season it is always the same. In 07 at mclaren, it was the same kind of talking. Hamilton is here to learn from alonso. But when everybody saw that hamilton was so fast, war started. At mercedes is going to be the same. The only diference is rosberg is not as good as hamilton. So if schumacher is at his best as brown says, it is schumi’s team.

36

I think Rosberg flatters to deceive and will be left floundering against Schumacher. No matter what he says he isn’t happy with the prospect of Schumacher as a team mate instead of Jenson.

In addition having just listened to Ross being interviewed by Jake Humphrey he gushed like a guy being re-united with his first love.

Was Rosberg not wearing a cap because he hasn’t got a personal sponsor or haven’t Mercedes had time to print a cap with the number 4 on it?

37

i thought you were going to say, with the number two on it.

38

There is a big difference between then and now. Shuey knows he does not have a long term career – Nico knows this too.

Nico can bide his time and not get too worried, because if he keeps his nose clean, the team will come to him, next year or the year after or the year after that. Schuey may well see his role as mentor.

It is not in MercGPs interest to decimate their next appointed one and I can see Brawn being interested in making Nico the next Massa, who kept his head down, worked hard and came good.

39

Bang on.

40

I’m sorry James, despite my respect for RB – I think this time he’s blowing smoke. There was a PR issue when he took Nico’s #3 away and now he had to attempt to difuse it. That’s why this came so soon after. Superstitous, come on. The only thing I beleive MS is missing this year is the ‘#2’ clause in his teamamtes contract.

But if Rubino & Eddie accept Ross’ comments this time – then so will I!

41

Well, eddie says it more emphatically than brawn. http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/5796.html

42

Eddie has said many times that the guy was just faster. Feel free to do a search on ESPN f1 website. Nothing to do with contractual or whatever they called it.

It was just an excuse to protect your stock when you are an F1 driver.

That’s how Rubens survived after being murdered by MS in terms of sheer pace.

Here is some extra information if you want to know the facts.

In the 54 qualifying sessions of the 2006 season, Massa was genuinely quicker than

Schumacher only once – in Q2 at Monza, by 0.128s.

Micheal’s average advantage over Massa in those 54 sessions was in excess of half a second (fuel corrected).

That’s a staggering degree of superiority over a driver we now know is very fast, You could say Massa has improved but he was quicker on the tracks that Massa owns. That’s scary.

43

James, I know Brawn had started work on the current Merc early on last year, however….what inside knowledge will Mercedes have on the current McLaren that they can take with them to Brawn.

They must know at the very least if the McLaren will be a good car or not?

Can you shed any light please?

Cheers

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Well that’s a very good question. The notion of a move away from McLaren to Brawn started at Silverstone and grew progressively. The aero numbers are the key and maybe the later ones were kept a little closer to McLaren’s chest, I would imagine. I’ve been hearing that the McLaren and Ferrari aero numbers aren’t that fantastic, but it’s impossible to say if there is any truth to it as there is no way of corroborating it, so we will have to wait and see.

45

no james no….. this time i want ferrari n alonso to win 🙁 ….. now i am kinda losing the hope after ur comments …….btw ur twitter is full of “only” alonso’s comments 😉

46

How about Mercedes and Red Bull numbers James?

But last week, Stephen said Ferrari were getting good numbers. I guess that was just some PR.

47

I wonder if Nico’s cuteness keeps him from being respected more (I doubt he likes that Britney nickname). Regardless, I would suspect that the pressure is on for him to come out swinging at Schumacher in the first rounds and beat him while Michael is still getting back up to speed. Otherwise his confidence could take a beating, making that first win a lot harder to achieve.

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i don’t think michael would need much time to adapt. If you look at his f1 debut, he found the limit in a couple of laps, and was faster than de cesaris in his first gp. Some would say rosberg is beter than the italian. And this is when we all see he is overated. He hasn’t achieved much so far, to rate him better than andrea,

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You may be correct. However, I don’t think comparing this situation to Michael’s debut can really tell that much. This time around, Michael has not been racing for three years, the cars have changed quite a bit since his last race and testing is limited. But more than that, Schumacher himself is more of an unknown entity than Rosberg at this point. The skills may still be there, but is the hunger? The drive, the willingness to take big risks for a couple extra points?

50

Ross has obviously see the chorus of discontent and scepticism and is covering his ass in public.

He must know though, that he will be watched like a hawk throughout the season for the slightest smell of unfairness to Nico.

51

All this talk about Schumi being placed in a #1 role at Ferrari and receiving special benefits etc is really off the mark. Schumi joined a floundering Ferrai in ’96. They hadn’t won a title in 20 years and were a mess. The Brawn, Todt, Byrne, Schumi braintrust came in and made that team into what it ultimately became, a multiple championship juggernaut. Schumi earned whatever special treatment he may have received. Driving a good car over the course of a full F1 season is a skill. Not many drivers have that ability. Taking a team that is in the shape that Ferrari was in in ’96 and working four hard years (the time it took to turn the team around and win the first WDC in 2000) is another skill altogether that even fewer drivers possess. Schumi worked his tail off to help bring Ferrari out of the doldrums and into the glory years of 2000-2004. The team is still benefitting from the work that Schumi, Byrne, Todt, and Byrn did during their tenure there. It is ridiculous for people to slag off Michael as having won solely due to special treatment etc. The guy is a once in a lifetime talent. Love him or hate him we are lucky to be able to witness his successes on the track. People should appreciate what Schumi has accomplished in his career.

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schumi has different ideas though:

http://i45.tinypic.com/14xec20.jpg

54

Generic Barrichello rant – whilst Button drove superbly to win in Barcelona, Rubens was on a strategy that required lots of overtaking at the worst circuit for it, historically.

55

I think you have to consider the psychological aspect too. Rubens thinks everything’s under control and has the race in the bag. Suddenly he sees the team changing Jenson’s strategy but not his. He thinks something weird is going on and that reflects immediately in his laptimes. The team effectively screwed Rubens on that one. It’s all in the head and historically he’s not been the strongest in that area.

56

True but even his engineer admitted he had the chance to do it

57

Yes Rubens had a chance to win the race but it made no sense in him having a 3 stop strategy when he was racing Button, all he had to do was cover Jenson so as to stop 1 lap later that way Jenson would have to overtake him on the track, which is very difficult when you have the same car. This would have almost guaranteed a Rubens a win.

58

JB was just to fast on heavy fuel in the middle stint. Rubens just couldn’t lap at the optimum laptime to jump JB. I think we should credit jb for this win as he pulled this one out of the bag by pure driving IMO. There was no number 1 status situation in this race

59

But why didn’t they change both drivers to that strategy?

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What I found odd about Barcelona is that, up to lap 50 when their fuel loads became equal for the rest of the race, JB was lighter for 35 of those 50 laps, compared the RBs 15. Slightly odd for Rubens being on the ‘aggressive’ strategy. Whatever way you look at it, Rubens was stuffed there, he had track position, it didn’t matter if he came out behind Nico at his first stop, JB would’ve been behind him and they’d have had the same amount of stops to go.

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I suggest you both read my “close analysis” post above. Rubens’ strategy compared to the rest of the field was bizarre to say the least.

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Because Button would have come out of the pits behind Rosberg who was on a long middle stint

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I have no doubt that Nico is almost at Hamilton-level. For some reason he has consistently been underrated by many outside the F1 circle who forget that he has been highly sought after by McLaren, Williams and now we hear of Honda. Clearly, the former GP2 champion impressed many paddock-insiders with his skills and racecraft. (He was adept at dragging that Williams into positions it really should never have been in).

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it’s not what patrick head said. In the middle of the season he said, ” i think we are in boutsen territory”. For those who don’t know who boutsen was, He was a belgian driver, at williams in the late 80’s. When mansell drove the williams at the end of 1990, he lowered his best lap time with just a couple of adjustments by more than a second!! And head said, damm, the car was good. i imagine he used other words.

Some people at williams thought this year, that the car was able to get a victory in more capable hands. I agree. Same with toyota.

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So in the middle of the season Patrick Head insults the driver that he paid $10 million to hold on to (to keep him from switching to Mclaren – they eventually took Kovaleinen – as well as Honda) by saying or implying that he should be driving 1 second a lap quicker than he actually was?

Really?

I find that extremely hard to believe.

Show me the link.

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The link!! there are places outside internet where you can get information.

Are you sure williams paid 10 million euro? It must have been mclaren’s offer, but it was nico’s father who didn’t want to be there. He thought he wasn’t going to get a fair treatment in hamilton’s team.

It’s fair that you find it dificult to believe. But just open your mind. Watch rosberg, knowing what head said. Nobody invents a comment like this one. It is the kind of comment he says off the record, that afterwards get out in a magazine, a blog of a guy that don’t hold very much, or somwhere else. I don’t remember who it was, but could have been nigel roebouck, or peter windsor. It was british, that’s for sure.

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at hamilton level? webber smacked him silly pace wise when they were together. hamilton beat alonso in his first year.

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He’s not at Hamilton’s level. How many podiums did he get last year? Not nearly as many as he should have scored. The team didn’t always help, but Singapore springs to mind.

Driving over the pit land exit – not the cleverest thing to do.

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