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Brawn: Premature to say Pirellis will save Schumacher

Pirelli's arrival might not help Michael Schumacher as much as some people have predicted, says Ross Brawn.
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has said there is no guarantee the new Pirelli tyres will help Michael Schumacher in 2011.

Schumacher struggled during his F1 comeback last season and while he did finish the year on a relatively positive note, the German, who turned 42 this week, remained unhappy with the grip from the Bridgestone tyres.

Brawn is certain though that Schumacher will have a 'better time' this season, although he is not convinced the switch to Pirelli rubber will answer all of his problems.

β€œIt's a little premature to say that,” Brawn confirmed to Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport.

β€œDuring the tests in Abu Dhabi we didn't see any big differences in performance compared with Bridgestone. But it is clear that in changing the supplier, the car will have to be different and there may be a lot of changes during the winter tests [too].”

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Alan D - Unregistered

January 08, 2011 4:07 PM

Eddie, I think its the other way round. Schumacher prefers cars which oversteer. Button, like the majority of drivers, prefers understeer. An oversteering car is generally harder to drive, less forgiving, but at the sweet spot it can carry more speed through the corners.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 08, 2011 4:18 PM

As for the relationship to tyres, I think the front tyres are now skinnier than they were prior to his retirement and the skinnier the front compared to the rear, the more a car will understeer (I think I've got that right). Also, the more the weight balance is towards the rear, the more the car will understeer. And of course, if you have a huge front wing and skinny front tyres, when you get in turbulent air the car will tend to understeer.

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