Understanding the tyres is still key – Brawn

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Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2012In the round-up: Ross Brawn says cracking the mysteries of F1’s tyres is “an opportunity not a problem”.

Links

Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Ross Brawn Q&A: Mercedes? best still to come in (F1)

“I am encouraging our people to look at the situation as an opportunity and not as a problem. The team that gets to understand the tyres the soonest in a most effective way will be the team that is most competitive.”

From tyre blankets to tyre wars (ESPN)

“Most people still struggle to understand what went on during the ‘tyre war’. What you ended up with was a couple of companies doing a great job but focusing on one or two teams to the exclusion of all the others. So from a sporting equity point of view it was great if you were a big team but if you were one of the mid-ranking or lower teams then you basically haven’t got a hope and that’s also not good.”

JYS warns Vettel: Ferrari switch would be a mistake (James Allen on F1)

Jackie Stewart:”I think it?s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he?s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it?s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn?t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”

Sauber: 2014 Ferrari engine deal logical (Autosport)

Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn: “Our position, I think as all customer teams have made clear, is that the financial aspect is very important for us. We don’t want to return to the times when you paid so much more than today for the engine.”

Whiting: Schumacher should know the rules (GP Update)

“Michael should know the rules. He caused the aborted start because he left a huge gap to Kobayashi.”

Formula One Betting: 2012 Season Half Term Report (Unibet)

The first part of my look at how the teams are faring this season for Unibet. Look out for part two later today.

Comment of the day

JimN has a few words for those who criticised Lewis Hamilton unlapping himself during the German Grand Prix:

Unlapping has never been penalised and many drivers have unlapped themselves over the years, often to end up with a good finish.

Eddie Irvine passing Ayrton Senna at Suzuka [in 1993], and Jim Clark in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix spring to mind. Clark actually fought back from being a lap down to the lead, although hit troubles later and finished third. There are lots of others I’m sure.
JimN

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On this day in F1

The 1982 German Grand Prix, 30 years ago today, produced a win for Ferrari’s Patrick Tambay. He was the only Ferrari in the race after team mate Didier Pironi suffered career-ending injuries in a crash during practice.

Tambay himself had taken the place of Gilles Villeneuve, who had been killed in a crash at Zolder earlier that year.

But the race is best remembered for Nelson Piquet’s impromptu karate moves on Eliseo Salazar, who took him out of the race while he was leading on the home ground of engine supplier BMW.

Here’s the original footage complete with commentary by the BBC’s Murray Walker and James Hunt. Keep an eye out for a miffed Brabham boss Bernie Ecclestone back in the pits:

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113 comments on Understanding the tyres is still key – Brawn

  1. JimN (@jimn) said on 8th August 2012, 18:18

    Tyres have always been just about the most influential aspect of any racing. Not surprising when they are the only way the car contacts the ground. And all tyres over the years have created their own issues which have affected the racing, from wooden Goodyears to fast degrading Pirelli super softs. But for me the beauty of the current tyres is that they are not easy or consistent to master, the DRIVER must work out how best to use them almost on a second by second basis.

    Now so many previously essential driver skills such as clean gear changing or race strategy etc., have been taken over by electronics or people in the pits it is nice to see a driver differentiator again. I am very fearful of eventually having a two by two finish for all the points positions, which would mean that only the car counts, and the drivers’ championship is an irrelevance. We were getting very close to that before Pirelli arrived, but now team mates finishing next to each other is a comparative rarity. Great!

  2. xeroxpt (@) said on 8th August 2012, 23:54

    Stewart is right but i cant help but feel that is more interested in seeing Di Resta at Ferrari. Vettel is entitled of doing whatever he wants, if he thinks he’ll achieve all his goals in Ferrari thats an perfectly normal choice, in the end if he keep at Re Bull people may start second guessing about him.

  3. who's better who's best said on 9th August 2012, 17:12

    @bascb, sorry it wont let me reply…

    I stand corrected, and i like the link ;) yes we do seem to agree, less tinkering, more consistency and stand back to see who rises to the top

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