Brawn refutes Russell’s ‘processional’ sprint claims

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Brawn refutes Russell’s ‘processional’ sprint claims

Components 1 motorsport director Ross Brawn has dismissed feedback made by Mercedes driver George Russell who mentioned that Saturday’s Emilia Romagna dash was “processional”.

The British driver began the dash in eleventh and completed in the identical place after getting caught up in a ‘DRS prepare’ within the early levels of the race caught behind Haas driver Mick Schumacher.

With Schumacher on the medium compound, he was capable of maintain on to the lifetime of his tyres higher whereas the softs on Russell’s Mercedes began to degrade.

Nevertheless Russell believes that the race didn’t go on lengthy sufficient for the degradation to affect the end result.

“I don’t know what the remainder of the race was like but it surely felt processional from the place we had been,” mentioned Russell, as quoted by RaceFans.

“The race simply isn’t lengthy sufficient to get some tyre degradation there and to have some massive variations between the drivers and the automobiles.”

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix dash noticed the primary overtake for the lead happen when Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen was capable of reel in chief Charles Leclerc within the Ferrari with simply two laps to go.

Brawn refutes Russell’s ‘processional’ sprint claims

Ross Brawn believes that the tyre compounds introduced by Pirelli had been excellent for this event and hailed the “nice success” of 2022’s first dash.

“I believe we had been lucky within the tyres had been excellent for the dash race as a result of they began to degrade,” he mentioned, quoted by Motorsport Week.

“In fact in a standard race you’ll have had the motive force coming into the pits, altering the tyres and it will have all come right down to technique. They solely had one shot within the race and the drivers needed to make the tyres final.

“The fascinating factor is it’s in all probability given Ferrari a very good perception for tomorrow. So I believe they’ll be stronger within the race tomorrow than what they had been immediately.

“So we’re very happy with the dash race. Nice leisure, numerous racing occurring, loads of overtaking. We’ve demonstrated the automobiles can observe. I do know it’s possible you’ll say, nicely, it was DRS however you may’t use DRS except you get on the again of the automotive. So I believe total it was an incredible success.”

Brawn admitted that he was focussed on studying the ideas of the entrance working automobiles as he believes that drivers combating their automobiles within the mid-field, or in the direction of the again, are likely to complain about races.

“At any time when my driver’s had a nasty automotive he’s complained in regards to the race,” defined Brawn. “So I believe George’s opinion or the opinion of anybody behind the grid isn’t the opinions that we actually hearken to.

“The opinions we hearken to are the fellows who had been actually aggressive, they’re racing within the center or racing on the entrance. They’re in a really unlucky place, however I don’t suppose their place behind the grid is basically one which displays the true place of racing.”

Nevertheless, Brawn, who was pleased with the abundance of overtakes additional up the sector, has promised to not ignore Russell’s feedback.


“I simply know from my very own expertise psychologically a driver of the again of the grid has obtained all types of different issues occurring,” continued Brawn. “It could be nice if there have been issues occurring on the again.

“We had a Mercedes that couldn’t overtake the automobiles in entrance however there was loads of overtaking occurring within the center and the entrance. So in fact we’ll pay attention, we received’t ignore it, however I believe you need to you need to hold a perspective on it.”




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