By Alex Kapadia
Ross Brawn is confident his Formula One team have got the edge over their main rivals at Red Bull for the four remaining races – as long as they keep their tyres on track.
The Brawn GP boss has watched their early huge points lead evaporate after they ran into problems getting heat into their tyres during the mid-season.
But they seem to have got to grips with it now, with Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button taking a resounding 1-2 in the Italian Grand Prix last weekend.
And with just four races remaining, Brawn is pinning his hopes on securing the world title for Button – or Barrichello – and the constructors championship for the team.
He is optimistic that Red Bull will only have a clear advantage over the Brawn car at the sweeping Suzuka circuit.
“Looking ahead, Singapore is high downforce and we’ve tended to go quite well on those sort of tracks,” Brawn told reporters.
“Suzuka’s probably going to be more in their direction.
“It can tend to be a bit cool and it rains, but I think if we can generate the tyre temperature and get the tyres working, we could be okay.
“Interlagos could go either way, and then Abu Dhabi at least from the maps we’ve seen – it should be slightly in our favour.
“So I think it’s a nice balance for the rest of the season.
“Our car is very good on braking and traction, and seems to work reasonably well on low downforce, as long as we can generate the tyre temperature.”