Brawn warns of Williams' threat

Ferrari's technical director Ross Brawn has admitted that he expects Williams-BMW to pose the biggest threat for victory in this weekend's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Brawn warns of Williams' threat

Current World Championship leader Michael Schumacher can equal Alain Prost's all-time tally of Grand Prix wins on his home turf this weekend, but Brawn believes the BMW-powered Williams could be the combination to spoil his party.

"Judging on competitiveness, Williams are very strong on the high-speed circuits," said Brawn. "We've just finished the Monza tests, and Williams were clearly the quickest there and I'm sure they'll be very strong at Hockenheim next week.

"Unfortunately, Michael had an incident on the first day, but with Rubens I think we were in reasonable shape. Having said that, if Williams score points, that's not such a worry for us, because they're [taking] points away from McLaren," he added.

Brawn has also suggested that the sibling rivalry between Michael and Ralf Schumacher does have an impact on the way that they race each other. They clashed on the last occasion they raced in Germany, at last month's European GP at the Nurburgring, as they raced to the first corner.

"I think there is a relationship there which must affect both their judgements in some way," Brawn admitted. "I can't honestly say how it affects their judgements, but when you're challenging your brother for a difficult position in a corner it must enter your thought process. They've always been very, very competitive with one another - I don't think they're going to do anything stupid, but I'm sure we're going to have many duels ahead us between the two."

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