Archive for the ‘Ross Brawn’ Category

Jarno TruliAs reported on Reuters

“Whoever drives for them will have a big advantage,” the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Tuesday. “I don’t think the departure of Schumacher or (technical director Ross) Brawn will change much. Even (Felipe) Massa can win with the current Ferrari.”

“We [Toyota] suffered from the switch from Michelin tyres to Bridgestone,” said Trulli, who signed a new three-year contract this season. “And then there were reliability problems. I believe in Toyota’s potential but we need to quicken our step.”

As far as Ferrari goes, that is what everyone is hoping and looking forward to. We also know that Toyota has the potential, but given their current form, they really need something extraordinary to come in top three positions.

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FerrariAs reported on autosport.com

The Ferrari team have confirmed that Ross Brawn will leave the Italian squad following the end of the season, as exclusively revealed by Autosport magazine. Brawn’s position as technical director will be taken by Mario Almondo at the start of November, while Stefano Domenicali becomes the team’s sporting director. Engine guru Paolo Martinelli will also leave Ferrari, moving to parent company Fiat.

And this marks the end of an era at Ferrari as well. No Michael Schumacher, no Ross Brawn, no Paolo Marinelli & no Jean Todt. So where is Ferrari heading ?

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Bernie EcclestoneAs reported on homeofsport

Referring to Ferrari, which is yet to announce officially that its technical director is planning a ‘sabbatical’ or retirement, he said: “It will be a different team without Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.”

Ecclestone also may have spoiled Ron Dennis’ schedule for the announcement of a teammate for 2007 McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, by saying: “Lewis Hamilton will not have a race drive (but) if it was my decision, I’d be prepared to take the risk.”

That’s good ‘ol Bernie at his usual self, letting the cat-out-of-the-bag before others could. Hamilton’s will-race-won’t-race saga will come to an end once McLaren announce their second driver. As for Brawn’s sabbatical, we believe it possible that Kimi might be bringing in someone with him, so giving Brawn a break [just one of our theories]. But yes, no Brawn & no Schumi, does leaves Ferrari a little out-of-sorts.

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Michael SchumacherAs reported on autosport.com

“There was a period I believe when Michael was wrestling with his (retirement) decision, but I think you saw his performance in China was classic Michael,” Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn told reporters at the Japanese Grand Prix. “If he can perform like that in the last two races it would be fantastic and I think he will. His head’s clear now, he knows what he’s doing and he is very focused on this championship.”

“I can only judge Michael’s condition (rather than Alonso’s) and he’s very focused, very positive and very calm. So I think he’s going to do a superb job, and it’ll be down to circumstance – the tyres, reliability and things like that,” Brawn added.

We know Alonso & Renault will give them [Schumi & Ferrari] a good fight, but then that is what even we are looking forward to.

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As reported on FeedMeF1

In the lead-up to Shanghai, Renault’s technical chief Pat Symonds mused that he would put money on Fernando Alonso reacting better than Michael Schumacher to the pressure of a close duel. And, referring to Schumacher’s imminent retirement, he added: “I think the pressure for him is greater than ever.”

“(Symonds) said what he said,” technical director Ross Brawn commented, “but whether he believes it or not, I don’t know. Of Michael’s ability to resist pressure, I am very convinced. He has proved it seven times. Perhaps Pat should have said that as well.”

Ho Ho Ho !! Things are getting very very interesting, on-track & off-track. And the question remains … who will show the first signs of cracking ?

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Jean TodtAs reported on DailyF1News

….the offer of a one-year contract extension, courtesy of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, is so attractive that it would be ‘difficult to refuse’. Todt’s decision to stay, meanwhile, would almost certainly accompany the renewal of Michael Schumacher’s similarly-expiring red-coloured contract.

If it is sooo attractive that it would be difficult to refuse, then why he heck would he refuse whether Schumi stays or not ? I think if Schumi would stay he would make sure that Jean Todt & Ross Brawn stays with him.

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