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Brawn: Teams having to compromise

Ross Brawn says teams are having to compromise on set-up during qualifying in F1 2012
Ross Brawn has said teams are having to compromise their qualifying performance to try and ensure they get the best out of the tyres on race day during the 2012 F1 season.

The Mercedes boss has seen the impact that the Pirelli tyres are having first hand, with the team having struggled to maximise the performance of its tyres in the opening two races of the year in Australia and Malaysia.

While Nico Rosberg then took victory in China, Mercedes was one of the teams to suffer from degradation in Bahrain – with Michael Schumacher vocal in his criticism of the tyre supplier.

The seven-time champion has again hit out in recent days, telling CNN that racing on the current tyres was like 'driving on raw eggs', and Brawn admitted that the current tyres – allied to parc ferme rules that prevent set-up changes after qualifying – were making it difficult for teams to decide on strategy.

"We can't modify the setup between qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday," he told O Estado de S.Paulo. "And they are very different challenges, especially with this year's tyres. It's one thing to get the car to be fast on one lap and quite another to make it fast and consistent over 70.

"Whoever can anticipate what will be required for the race and come to a compromise - maybe to the detriment of grid position - should have a decisive advantage in the race. But it's not easy to anticipate what happens on Sunday."

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Calvin _

May 08, 2012 2:25 PM

F1 is no longer the premier level, it's more about managing a car rather than all out racing. In an effort to get back to proper racing and to put on a good show, too many short cuts (DRS, KERS, current tyres) have been taken to cover up the problem rather than addressing it. Why can't a car follow another car and overtake? IMO, the answer is the aero. They need to cut this right back or find a way such that the aero effect of one car doesn't rob the car immediately behind it. Without huge aero, cars will race much closer together.

whizzo - Unregistered

May 08, 2012 2:09 PM

Alot of ppl though MSwas talking foolishness but i am happy that someone with the knowledge like mr brawn see it as ms say it will only a matter of time before the others see it and may God forbid we don,t have a serious accident with these tyres. with the technology in F1 tyres should not be winning races .

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