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Brawn: New car not designed for Michael

Ross Brawn plays down talk that Mercedes is developing its 2011 car around Michael Schumacher
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn insists that the team isn't designing its 2011 F1 car specifically for Michael Schumacher.

The seven-time title winner has struggled to match his previous form on his return to the grid this season, although that has been down in no small part to the fact that the German has struggled to get to grips with both the W01 and the Bridgestone tyres.

Design of the W01 started when the team believed that Jenson Button was likely to be at the wheel of the car, with talk that the 2011 car would now be designed around Schumacher to give the former Ferrari man the best possible chance of fighting for an eighth crown next year.

However, speaking to the SID news agency, Brawn denied that that is the case.

“We are not building a car around Michael,” he said. “We just want to develop a good car. There is no special characteristic.”

Schumacher sits ninth in the championship following the final European race of the season at Monza.

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Alan D - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 2:15 AM

George: "Shuey is having problems driving Jensons car why is Jenson not having problems driving Hammy's car" Remember when Jenson went from a good debut year with Williams to a shocker of a year with Benetton and just couldn't drive that car? That was because the car just didn't suit his driving style and no amount of "dialling it in" was curing the problem. It wasn't a great car, but it was more suited to Fisichella's style than Button's. Same with the Merc in 2010. It just doesn't get enough front-end grip to suit Schumacher's preference for oversteer. A car which oversteers can carry more speed through the corners but it requires more skill from the driver to hold it at the limit of adhesion.

Alan D - Unregistered

September 14, 2010 2:34 AM

The other aspect of Schumacher's driving which was unusual when he entered F1 was his ability to do "left foot braking" through the corners. i.e. he was able to keep the throttle down further through the corners whilst using the brakes to balance the car. These days F1 drivers all use one foot for the throttle and one for the brakes but not necessarily balancing the car on the brakes the way Schumi used to do so successfully. You will know from your road car that one aspect of hitting the brakes when turning is that your car tends to understeer. If the Merc already understeers then maybe that is limiting Schumi's ability to baklance the car on the brakes in corners.

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