Brawn: Team orders ‘against my sporting nature’

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang, 2013In the round-up: Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn admits he didn’t enjoy enforcing team orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Brawn says team orders went against his nature (Reuters)

“I didn’t like having to give the orders I gave in Malaysia, it’s not in my sporting nature and I think the team have demonstrated many times in the past that we are very happy to let our drivers race each other.”

Jules Bianchi Q&A (Sky)

“Do you have any personal goals in 2013?
JB: ‘First of all I will try to finish every race – I know it will be something really difficult, so I will focus on that and try to gain more experience by finishing every race I can.'”

What it means to run Ferrari (Autosport, subscription required)

Stefano Domenicali: “Remember we started last year 1.6s behind and by July we had the best car. But it’s normal that you cannot keep that gradient of development. So the objective of this year is, for sure, to try to be more competitive.”

No doubting there will be a right time for wrong-time Webber (The Age)

“Red Bull has confirmed Vettel had more horsepower than his teammate in Malaysia after the technicians asked for the engines to be turned down on both cars. ‘[Sebastian Vettel’s] engine was turned down, but not as much as Mark’s due to differing strategies and tyre wear,’ said a spokesperson.”

How did McLaren lose a Grand Prix by finishing first? (McLaren)

“At the same time Barrichello overtook Coulthard to retake the lead, and I well remember the thunderous cheer that immediately went up from the grandstands all around Interlagos, audible even above two competing noise sources: the fever-pitched wail of the high-revving 3.0-litre V10 engines in the 11 cars that still remained running by that point, and the rat-tat-tatting of the rain on the press room roof (or what remained of it, because the leak had now developed into a bloody great hole). Indeed, I remember blinking at the surreal sight of hapless hacks stoically hammering away at their laptops even as rainwater lapped at their ankles.”

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135 comments on Brawn: Team orders ‘against my sporting nature’

  1. Nikos (@azwris) said on 10th April 2013, 20:47

    I can’t believe this, look who’s talking. Mr. Brawn was the master of fraud during his Ferrari and Brawn years. Shut your mouth Ross and stay behind now, you deserve this.

  2. Palle (@palle) said on 11th April 2013, 16:03

    @stg-pepper: You said: “It saddens me that drivers like Webber now appears abit of a Dinosaur compared to this new cutthroat, Schumacher type attitude that’s been brought in. The era of gentleman racers seems truly dead.”
    Welcome to the real world – If You haven’t realised it yet, then I can inform You that Webber certainly isn’t that type of Dinosaur gentleman racer either. His previous actions has clearly stated that he is just as selfish as anyone on the grid. The true competitive racer wants to win at all cost and more than once he steps out of line to investigate precisely how the rules are and if some rules are bendable. If they don’t have these abilities they don’t belong in F1. The Gentleman racer is just a nostalgic whim – maybe he never existed? The Schumacher type was there before Schumacher – Senna and Prost wasn’t Gentlemen racers either.

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