The lack of a top Formula 1 driver simulator contributed to Michael Schumacher’s struggle to get up to speed in 2010, because he couldn’t get the feel of his new car and its tyres.
This is the view of Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn – and there’s good news and bad news on the horizon for Michael and the team for the 2011 season.
First of all the bad news – according to Brawn a fully state of the art simulator will not be available to the team’s Formula One drivers until 2012 – it’s ‘currently under construction’ at Brackley.
And the good news – Schumacher is hoping the switch from Bridgestone to Pirelli tyres for 2011 will help him.
As Brawn puts it when asked about Schumacher’s prospects for 2011: “We need a new car and the new tyres and then we can make an honest judgement. I’m optimistic.
“They are different tyres. When there was the change from Michelin to Bridgestone a few years ago, many drivers had problems, including top guys like Alonso,” he continued.
“The change to Pirelli will be similar and whether it plays into the hands of Rosberg or Schumacher is difficult to predict.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team