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Brawn shoulders the responsibility
Yesterday TJ13 reported that Brawn and Whiting could bear the brunt of the tyre test. During the FIA team principal’s press conference at the Canadian GP Brawn handled the questions in the normal and calm manner that you would expect from him compared to Horner and Domenicali who looked like they were the ones on trial.
When asked if Lauda and Wolf were asked for permission Brawn said, “It was my decision to do the test so that’s a fact…” but he is comfortable they are in the clear and have done nothing wrong, “…we felt we were in a position to be able to do the Pirelli test – it was a Pirelli test, it’s very important to note that – and so the Tribunal will be the time at which all the information will become available…“.
It is interesting is that Lauda and Wolf have kept themselves under the radar as much as possible and is leaving this to Brawn to deal with. Brawn made it clear that, “ninety-nine percent of our people are focused on trying to do the best job they can over the race weekend, and there’s one percent of people – including me – that’s got to deal with the after-effects of the Pirelli test”. He added, “I’ve been in it [Formula1] a long time, and I’ve been through these periods before”.
One has to wonder how capable Wolf and Laude will be in a situation like this. Will they be able to lead the team in the same manner that Brawn is?
Hulk not regretting move to Sauber
Hulkenberg was quoted saying he did not regret moving from Force India to Sauber despite the latter only scoring 5pts to FI’s 44. Hulkenberg went on to say, “…you make decisions in life and have to live with them… there are no guarantees in life – especially not in Formula One!”
You may not be able to predict the future however you can consider the variables… In October last year TJ13 did a feature article on why Sauber will fall back this year. Maybe he should have read it before he signed his contract. 😉
Vettel doesn’t bother to try out new tyres
Most informed people in F1 know the biggest criticism of the Pirelli 2013 tyres has come from Red Bull, both in public and behind the scenes. The teams have failed to meet and unanimously request Pirelli provide an alternative, yet the Italian tyre company has volunteer possible solution.
Tyres have been provided for evaluation this weekend and under the sporting regulations these may be tested in FP1 and FP2. The teams would then need to unanimously agree that these tyres may be introduced for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Nico Rosberg appears to be in favour of the new rubber saying, “The differences are small, it’s not like night and day and I’d like us to use them”. Sam Micheal however feels they have not been able to properly evaluate them because the track was evolving so quickly and this made “information and feedback” problematic.
Yet Sebastian Vettel has no opinion on the matter. He responded when asked, “I have not tried them”. The world champion preferred to tune his car to the tyres that will be used during Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
With the furore raging over tyres and Red Bull/Vettel (more so than Webber) consistently complaining their car is severely ‘tyre limited’, is it unreasonable to expect the team from Milton Keynes to take some responsibility in trialing the Pirelli solution – as did others?