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Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013

Brawn: Rosberg's form shows Schumacher's pace

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says Nico Rosberg's form in 2013 has altered views on how Michael Schumacher performed during his Formula 1 comeback. Schumacher claimed a podium during his three year comeback but Brawn believes Rosberg's pace relative to Lewis Hamilton provides a new insight into Schumacher's time with Mercedes. "Lewis brings a great reference to the team and is a great driver, someone whose raw ability you know is at the very top," Brawn told Autosport. "I think it was a little unfortunate […]

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Brawn denies talks over Ferrari return

Ross Brawn has dismissed rumours he might return to Ferrari once Paddy Lowe replaces him as team boss at Mercedes. After his ultra-successful stint as Ferrari's technical director, the 58-year-old took a sabbatical in 2007 and then returned to F1 with Honda. Brawn has also headed the Brackley based team as Brawn GP and Mercedes, but Lowe, having arrived from McLaren, is expected to be the team's next boss. Reports have suggested Brawn could then go back to Ferrari as the great Italian team grapples […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mercedes playing catch up with new tyres

Mercedes face an uphill challenge at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix as they trial Pirelli's new tyres for the first time. Mercedes missed last week's young driver tests as a result of the International Tribunal's verdict, having conducted a private tyre test with Pirelli in May. "It will be an important weekend for us and we need to get off to a good start on Friday when we have the chance to try the new tyres for the first time," said Lewis Hamilton. "The season […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ex-F1 boss Kolles tried to blackmail Wolff

Former HRT boss Colin Kolles tried to blackmail Mercedes chief Toto Wolff earlier this year, it has emerged. We reported earlier that a conversation between Austrian Wolff and a then-unnamed former F1 team boss was "secretly recorded" and then threatened to be used against him. Bild newspaper had said Wolff spoke negatively about his own boss, Ross Brawn, colleague Niki Lauda, and also Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche, whilst divulging details of his clashing co-ownership of the Williams team. A subsequent report by the magazine Sport […]

Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2013

A missjudgement costs Rosberg Q3

Mercedes’ Ross Brawn admitted that Nico Rosberg’s knock-out from Q2 was the result of a bad decision of keeping two sets of options for the final stage of qualifying. The German driver will start eleventh on the grid tomorrow, his worst qualifying position this season. “We got caught out by the fact the track got a lot quicker at the end of Q2. The wind dropped and the track picked up grip, cars were going quite more quicker and we had no time to react. […]

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

Drivers threaten boycott if tyre problems persist

F1's tyre-gate saga has taken another dramatic twist, as drivers formally threaten to boycott the German grand prix. The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), led by Ferrari tester Pedro de la Rosa, warned at the Nurburgring that drivers will pull out of the Nurburgring round if there are signs the tyre-exploding crisis seen at Silverstone has not been solved. "The drivers have decided if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event," read the statement. The GPDA […]

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Race win will motivate Hamilton says Brawn

A win at the Nurburgring will be the perfect tonic for Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn admits. This weekend's German grand prix is actually the team's and Nico Rosberg's home race, but Briton Brawn thinks countryman Hamilton "deserves" his breakthrough. Rosberg won Mercedes' first race of 2013 at Monaco, and he followed it up with the win at Silverstone last Sunday -- but only after local hero Hamilton suffered an exploded Pirelli. "He (Hamilton) deserves a win," said Brawn. Hamilton, 28, has had […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Brawn hits back at test-gate rivals' 'spin'

Ross Brawn has hit back at Red Bull's "spin", after the reigning world champions said sitting out the young driver test next month will not hurt Mercedes. At the end of the recent 'test-gate' hearing, the FIA tribunal banned Mercedes from attending next month's test for rookie drivers at Silverstone. But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said that is hardly a penalty at all. "You can't really try anything in the young drivers test," he said. "The drivers at the wheel are just learning about […]

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Ferrari 'disappointed' to be dragged into Mercedes defence

Ferrari has admitted it is "disappointed" to have been used as part of Mercedes' defence as the German team escaped from the test-gate scandal with a light penalty. Before the judges ruled that Mercedes be only reprimanded and banned from next month's young drivers test, its lawyer argued extensively at the international tribunal that Ferrari also did the wrong thing with recent private tyre tests. Indeed, it emerged from last week's proceedings that while Ferrari used a 2011 car for its Pirelli tests, race driver […]

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Todt moving to replace Whiting with Ascanelli

While the FIA readies to analyse a possible breach of the official rules, Germany's Sport Bild claims Mercedes also broke an explicit gentleman's agreement between the teams when it ran its 'secret' test in May. The magazine published a copy of the signed 'Testing Agreement 2013', featuring the signature of every team boss, including the under-fire Ross Brawn. The document shows that F1's eleven teams agreed that in the event Pirelli wanted to run development testing for 2014, any test would have to be jointly […]

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mercedes tribunal set for June 20th

Mercedes is set to face the FIA's brand-new international tribunal in Paris on June 20 Mercedes will face the tribunal following a private test with Pirelli in May at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Several leading figures in the sport are expecting sanctions for Mercedes. Horner: Lack of transparency disappointing Brawn: Test was private, not secret Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Auto Motor und Sport that "a contract can't overrule a law." Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko told Blick "a fine and a […]

Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2013

Horner: Lack of transparency disappointing

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that the lack of transparency from Mercedes over their three day tyre test with Pirelli is disappointing. Mercedes will face an International Tribunal after a possible breach of sporting regulations. In an FIA press conference, which Pirelli's Paul Hembery pulled out of following legal advice, Horner says the lack of transparency was 'disappointing' and that Mercedes undoubtedly learned from the test. "I think that whenever you run the car… when you're not allowed to test, when you have […]