Ross Brawn says there is no point in complaining about Pirelli's tyres

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn thinks it is pointless for drivers and teams to get frustrated by the tyre situation in Formula 1 - because the most important thing is dealing with it to achieve success

Ross Brawn says there is no point in complaining about Pirelli's tyres

With most outfits admitting that they not yet fully understand how to extract the best performance from Pirelli's 2012 tyres, there is a high chance that race results will remain mixed up for now.

And although the influence of the tyres has led to criticisms of Pirelli from some quarters - including Michael Schumacher - Brawn reckons that the only proper response for teams is to keep focused on making themselves better.

"You either can complain about it, or keep your head down and do a better job than anyone else," he explained. "That is what we are faced with, because the tyres will not change dramatically this year."

Speaking about how well his own outfit understands the tyres, Brawn said: "We know what is needed, we just don't know how to achieve it. Don't get them too hot and don't let them get too cold - and that is really it.

"The difficulty is you have four tyres on the car and you go to a circuit like Barcelona where the left one is getting too hot and the right one is getting too cold, and that is down to track configuration. You need to work out how to get the tyres to work well together, and look at how the tyres work around the track to get the best balance.

"What is fascinating is seeing cars for some of the race look very ordinary, and then suddenly they come into the window and become quite extraordinary. It is a very interesting challenge."

Although the high degrading tyres are proving difficult to get on top of, Brawn believes the situation is much better than what F1 had in 2010 when Bridgestone's rubber lasted too well.

"I think in 2010 there was an argument that it almost got too predictable, the tyres were too well understood and they were too consistent, so there was a certain predictability about how the tyres were going to behave," he said.

"It was relatively easy to get to know how they were going to work, and I remember there was a time there were comments about the predictability of the tyres and the need to shake it up a bit.

"Getting it exactly right for everybody is a pretty difficult task, but I think teams will get better as the season goes on. We have made progress in understanding how the tyres work, but we haven't completely got on top of it. Each race provides another piece of the jigsaw to get a better understanding."

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