Ross Brawn is full of praise for Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, the two seven-time Formula 1 World Champions, with whom he has worked during his career.
Last weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton won his seventh world title, tying the record previously set by Michael sSchumacher. The Mercedes driver did not have it easy in Istanbul, with an exceptionally low level of grip on this track which had just been resurfaced. After qualifying and a difficult start to the race in the rain, Hamilton finally won with more than 30 seconds ahead of the competition. Formula 1 sports manager Ross Brawn is impressed.
“Lewis showed why he is such an exceptional talent”, writes Brawn in his column on the official F1 website. “In Turkey, although the Mercedes team lacked pace all weekend on a slippery surface in cold conditions, he remained patient in the race, showed a strategic mind and attacked when it was needed. necessary. He got the tires working when no one else could. It was the perfect demonstration of what he is – a seven-time World Champion, tying Michael’s record. “
Brawn has just contributed to the seven world titles of Schumacher as technical director at Benetton then at Ferrari, before collaborating with Hamilton at Mercedes in 2013; it is therefore well placed to compare. He pursues : “It’s the kind of domination that most people only see once in their motorsport career. I’ve been lucky enough to see it twice. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Lewis and Michael. They have different characters, which is wonderful, because you don’t want metronome-like characters in F1. Lewis and Michael are different in their approach. But deep down, they both have original talent. Divine.”
Ross Brawn observe Lewis Hamilton en 2017
If Hamilton is so successful, it is also thanks to the contribution of his race engineer Peter Bonnington, alias Bono. The two men have been working together for eight years now. “It’s hard to spot a weakness in Lewis’s armor”, analyze Brawn. “He does sound emotional on the radio sometimes, but the team knows how to handle it thanks to the calmness of his engineer Peter Bonnington. Bono isn’t taken aback by what Lewis says and responds perfectly when he gets too excited. Everyone on this team works so well together. “
“Sunday’s victory was not easy”, he said, as Hamilton qualified sixth. “He didn’t put the car on pole and took the loose. It was a tough weekend for him, given the weather, conditions and the track. Clearly, it didn’t suit Mercedes initially. but they got down to business and thought about it. He came back up further on the grid this time. “
In any case, it is almost 36 years old that Hamilton won the 94th victory of his career, he who is now the oldest World Champion and the fifth oldest winner of Formula 1 in the 21st century (behind Räikkönen, Schumacher , Barrichello and Webber). Brawn concludes: “He wins when he has no competition and he wins when he has a big challenge. He’s at the peak of his career right now. And I don’t know when his form will start to decline. . “