Brawn tips Williams as title force... next year

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn believes that Williams-BMW will be a force to be reckoned with in next year's Formula 1 World Championship, but doubts whether the Anglo-German outfit can catch up with the Prancing Horse this season

Brawn tips Williams as title force... next year

Speaking exclusively to Autosport.com after the European Grand Prix, Brawn revealed his thoughts on the strengths of the Grove-based team that has won two grands prix already this season. Williams-BMW's lead driver Ralf Schumacher is 43 points behind his brother Michael, however, who is now the runaway championship leader for Ferrari after his win at the European Grand Prix on Sunday.

Brawn said the combination of Williams chassis, BMW engines and Michelin tyres has the potential to achieve more success in the future.

"I always said they could be the dark horse, because of the Michelin tyres," said Brawn. "You've got that extra ingredient that's so difficult to predict. It's tough, because you're racing against Michelin and you know they're going to get better at the end [of stints]. How do you defend against that?

"It's obviously a very good car and the engine looks very good. They have a good pair of drivers. I'm not sure that they can challenge for the championship this year, but next year they are going to be a serious contender."

For the rest of the season, Brawn said the main objective was to make sure Ferrari kept its eye on the ball.

"We can't relax until the job's done," he said. "There are still eight races to go, and we've only just past half way. So it's still open in my view. The team is obviously doing a very good job, and we need to continue to do that."

For a full Ross Brawn Q&A, click HERE.

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