8 August 2011
Brawn confident F1's break will be respected
Ross Brawn is confident F1's summer break will be respected - even if creative minds will still be whirring away.
Mercedes technical director Ross Brawn does not expect any underhand practices to take place during the mandatory two-week shutdown in the F1 world, but admits that it is a lot harder to switch off creative minds than it to switch of the factory lights.
Brawn, whose team is almost certainly focusing its energies on developments for 2012 after another disappointing campaign with the WO2, has said that the trust built up between teams in recent years will ensure that the work stoppage will be respected, even as Red Bull attempts to stave off renewed pressure from Ferrari and McLaren, and Virgin and HRT attempt to deny Team Lotus tenth place in the constructors' championship.
Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey told journalists at the Hungaroring that it was important to try and forget about the sport for a couple of weeks - 'I think you have to be able to, otherwise it would be completely all-consuming and probably not healthy because.... creativity and so forth is part of the job and if you do nothing but think about the job, you probably lose that ability' - but Brawn admits that it is unlikely that he or any other F1 designer would be able to shut off completely.
"We trust each other and are quite sure that everyone will abide by the agreements," Brawn told the DPA news agency, "However, we can't escape from it completely because that's our nature - but, of course, it's better to be reflecting on the beach than in the office."
McLaren's Jonathan Neale, whose team has won the last two races courtesy of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in Germany and Hungary respectively, admitted that the break, while initially opposed, is now probably beneficial, even though it prohibits team members from contacting each other.
"When we first agreed to do the shut-down, there were a number of us who thought that was going to be problematic," he conceded, "Now most of us think that it's a blessing, when you look at the length of the season and the hard work, not just for the teams, or even Adrian or myself, but also the FIA and the number of people who keep the show on the road. I think everybody looks pretty tired and they could do with a break."
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