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Brawn: 2012 could be a classic

Ross Brawn predicts that the 2012 F1 season could turn out to be a classic
Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has predicted that the 2012 F1 season is shaping up to be classic after pre-season testing drew to close in Spain.

Combined times from the final four days of running in Spain saw the top 17 drivers covered by less than a second, while the three test sessions held over the past month have seen a number of teams lead the way.

Speaking during the final day of testing at Catalunya, Brawn admitted it was difficult to see exactly where each team lies in the pecking order heading to the season opener in Melbourne, with the only certainty being that things have tightened up through the field.

“Form varies form day to day, so there is no definitive ranking,” he said. “What there is, is a group.

“Even with the new package the Red Bull didn't seem to stand out, but they may have been running a huge amount of fuel, we don't know. They're going to be competitive, McLaren look pretty sensible, they look as though they have a good car and I don't think we're too far off. It is difficult to judge, but there are five or six teams that are a much closer grouping than we have seen for a number of years.

“I think we're going to have a really exciting season. It could be one of the best seasons we've seen for a number of years."


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Sweeble

March 05, 2012 10:20 AM

Hi hope so Ross, but you're up against it: - The cars are too expensive and complex - The cars are seemingly designed so they can't pass each other - The drivers are either automatons who simply say who has done a good job after a race or rich playboys - F1 is no longer on BBC or ITV - It's been insultingly dull for years But for the sake of racing I hope it improves. World Superbikes was brilliant last weekend by the way, real men, really racing and not crying when they fall off!

MikeG

March 06, 2012 7:37 AM

@Merlin, The last few seasons have been a good show but racing NO. This is nothing to do with Red Bull or Vettel, they done an awesome job and deserve to be champions. The problem has been the introduction of gimmicks such as DRS and crumbly tyres which enhance the show but kill the sport. F1 has now made ordinary drivers, who naturally look after their tyres and fuel consumption, better, and aggressive drivers who squeeze everything out of the car suffer. Also the blocking rules and the stewards are ridiculous. Part of racing is defending which has now become impossible with DRS and anal stewards.



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