'Exhausted' Ferrari men will keep going

Despite the emotional turmoil of a dramatic race at Suzuka, there was no retirement announcement from six-time champion Michael Schumacher, while Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn has insisted that the 'exhausted' team management will carry on as well

'Exhausted' Ferrari men will keep going

"Michael says he was empty and exhausted after the race and I think we all were," said Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn. "I was totally drained on the pit wall because you are involved and you see things evolve, you try to make decisions and when it finishes you just look at each other and say: did that really happen? It was a draining experience. I said to Jean Todt, 'we're getting too old for this!'"

Brawn denied, however, that anyone had any thoughts of quitting. "This is going to stop one day and when it does, it's going to be very painful for all of us. We don't want to face that pain any earlier than we have to. We still enjoy winning races and, as I've said after Indy, Michael was still choked and he's won 70-odd races.

"There's still a passion there for all of us and while it's there we will carry on doing it. One day we'll stop but it's not going to be next year. I don't know when it will be but I guess we'll all know when it comes. I don't think it will be in the next few years."

Brawn added that Ferrari is planning a very intensive programme with Bridgestone this winter.

"They've realised that they are facing much stronger competition and in the last few months we've been spending a lot of time with them to make sure of our winter test programme," he said.

"It's a key element for next year and we are going to be busy on the tyre front. To me it's one-third car, one-third tyres, one-third driver. All those have to be at the highest level or else you won't succeed."

shares
comments
Williams Vow to Work Harder Next Year

Previous article

Williams Vow to Work Harder Next Year

Next article

Grapevine: Ferrari Want MotoGP's Rossi to Test F1 Car

Grapevine: Ferrari Want MotoGP's Rossi to Test F1 Car
Load comments
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Plus

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Plus

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed

Formula 1
Jul 29, 2021
The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break Plus

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

Formula 1
Jul 28, 2021
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021