Bad day for Ross Brawn

As a racing enthusiast, Ross Brawn thought the Australian Grand Prix was "entertaining." But as Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, he was less positive. "The race did not work out for us, especially as the safety car did not fit in...

As a racing enthusiast, Ross Brawn thought the Australian Grand Prix was "entertaining." But as Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, he was less positive. "The race did not work out for us, especially as the safety car did not fit in with what we were trying to do," said the Englishman.

"I think we made the wrong call in terms of the tyres we started on. We were on intermediates and the track dried up much faster than we expected." The Scuderia's race was further affected by problems on Schumacher's car. "We had a problem during his first pit stop and then Michael went off the track at Turn 12 and damaged the car," explained Brawn.

"After that, Michael drove really well, because the car was no longer handling properly." Although neither Ferrari driver got to the podium, Brawn did not think this had anything to do with the performance level of the F2002. "I don't think performance was causing our problems today and the new car would not have solved any of these problems," he said. "We just had a bad day and McLaren and Williams had a good one."

Brawn also stressed that the difficulty with the tyres was down to the choice of intermediate and nothing to do with performance. "We made the wrong choice," he continued. "But once we had fitted the dry weather tyres they were fine, but we did not get a good opportunity to use them properly."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ross Brawn
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams