The word on the Formula One circuit is that whether Michael Schumacher can return to full competitiveness next year depends in part on the new Pirelli tyres.
It’s no secret that the seven-times world champion has has struggled with the Bridgestone tyres so far during is comeback season.
But while the German driver has said he is hoping to challenge for the 2011 title with a more competitive car, his team team boss has raised a question about future tyres.
Brawn warned: “It depends on how good the Pirelli tyre is in terms of how he (Michael) can respond in the steering movements.”
However, Brawn told Auto Motor und Sport that the Brackley based team has been working this year to reinforce its staff in the area of car/tyre interaction.
He said: “We have also had access to the experts at Daimler-Benz” – a definite indication that the team’s situation is better now than when it was privately owned a year ago.
“Back then we had to rebuild our team while fighting for the world title. Those are problems we have not had this time,” said Brawn.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team