Brawn: These events are the ones that pull the team together

22 June, 2013

Ross Brawn with Toto Wolff and Nicholas Tombazis

Ross Brawn with Toto Wolff and Nicholas Tombazis

Mercedes put a the month long ‘secret test’ saga behind them with principal Ross Brawn saying that it had made them stronger as a Formula 1 team and left his own enthusiasm for the sport undimmed.

The team were reprimanded and ordered to miss a three-day young driver test in July after an independent tribunal hearing decided that they had broken the rules by taking part in a tyre test with Pirelli in Spain in May.

Other teams protested when they found out about the test but the tribunal ruled that Mercedes had acted in good faith and had not sought an unfair advantage.

“I think these events are the ones that pull the team together. These are the sort of events (as well as racing) that consolidate a team,” Brawn told Sky Sports television after the verdict.

“I think [that] the team was very solid in the last few weeks, we had complete support from Mercedes headquarters in] Stuttgart. They understood…it was very important for Mercedes that the facts of this case were understood.”

Ross Brawn during the Paris tribunal

Ross Brawn during the Paris tribunal

Asked whether he had feared that a different outcome might have hastened his exit from the team, the Briton acknowledged that he had been under some pressure before the hearing in Paris.

“An event like this creates a lot of emotions. It would have been very frustrating if the outcome of this hadn’t been what it was…but it does sometimes strengthen your resolve rather than weaken it,” he said.

“It’s certainly cleared everything away now so [that] we can focus on the rest of the year. The car is coming along well, we’ve got some interesting things to try at Silverstone, some improvements, and two drivers on top of their form.

“So I think we can now move on to the rest of the season. Certainly it hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm for F1.”

Ross Brawn with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Ross Brawn with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a short drive from their Brackley factory, takes place next week with 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Germany’s Nico Rosberg hungry for success.

Brawn said that the drivers had been kept fully abreast of developments and had been concerned about what could have happened to the team.

“I think they are pleased [that] we’ve got a balanced result, a balanced conclusion. They are just keen to go racing again,” said the Briton.

Mercedes, who provided Nico Rosberg with the means to win this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, is currently third in the constructors’ championship after seven of 19 races. (Reuters)

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  • Butterfly

    They pull the team together if the team escapes punishment. Otherwise, said events would have pushed Brawn out of the team and put Lowe in his place.

  • Zigaeflann

    That is not Nicholas Tombazis in the pic, its Aldo Costa!

  • Marchin

    Brawn may believe what he says but F1 is tainted by cheating of this sort and fans will remember Mercedes as the company which was involved.

    In my view Mercedes escaped a more severe and just outcome as a result of their threats and behind the scenes political maneuvering; pretty sad day or the sport and one which leaves me, for one, less interested in F1.

  • Get real

    So they got caught cheating, they got punished for cheating because the verdict said they broke the rules and benefited from it…and he is gloating how this was good for the team and it did not affect the Merc brand in a bad way?

    Lol, how can you be this much in denial?

    The only reason they did not get a proper punishment (all WCC points stripped and a huge fine for Merc and Pirelli) is because these 2 cheaters blackmailed how they would leave the sport if they got a heavy punishment.

    That is how this is remembered Brawn, keep lying to yourself.

  • Tumusiime

    These events of cheating of course!!

  • KevinW

    The FIA certainly has shown its use of selective enforcement and conditional ethics, while Mercedes and Brawn have added to their reputation for unscrupulous and unethical behavior. The follow up press releases now attempting to frame this as a Merc victory and vindication which attempts to conceal their illegal actions is pathetic. They were found guilty, the disgusting lack of any real sanction is not proof of their being in the right, its just proof the FIA is a lame and impotent mess. Daimler should be ashamed of this entire incident, it is a corporate embarrassment. Hiding it with putrid PR to re-write it all as anything less just adds to the stink of it.

  • Mercedes is an unethical company

    Well it is now proven beyond any doubt that Mercedes is an unethical company that can never be trusted.

    Mercedes should have been banned from this years constructors championship.

    While I have no love for Ferrari they used a two year old car which was allowed by the rules. The FIA should hang their head in shame and should be forever banned from governing anything in auto racing ever again. Both Mercedes and the FIA just made Formula One a complete and utter joke.

    The other teams should all now go and hold a private test of 1000KM of their own as now that the penalty has been set who gives a damn about the young drivers test.

    Mercedes as a company in general has just proven how unethical they are and have shown the entire world that Mercedes the company can never be trusted.

  • Butterfly 2.0

    This was a Pirelli test; that’s what the tribunal concluded. The ambiguity is in the rules laid down by the FIA, and the advice given by their representative, Charlie Whiting.

    The tyres that were tested weren’t this years’. What information Mercedes gained was fairly limited.

    By contrast, when Ferrari did their secret test they got all the information on the tyres. They fully knew which tyres were on there, and now they reacted. Ferrari are the ones who’ve got away scott free.

    The only reason why Ferrari has managed to get away with it is because of who’s the head of the FIA.

  • Butterfly

    Butterfly 2.0:

    Hey, how about you use someone else’s Alias 2.0, huh? Really, I hate to write 1.0 after mine…

    Besides, I’m not a troll, so I don’t deserve this treatment.

  • Eevel

    Yes ‘Mercedes is an unethical company’ – this is the worst thing that could ever happen in the whole world. I bet you’re devastated that Mercedes isn’t as morally upstanding as the other large corporations you worship. How will you survive the aftermath of this most horrific, life-changing scandal? Surely now you’ll hang on to your Kia instead of getting that new Merc you had your heart set on. Please don’t mention this to your family members – if they all decide to sell their Mercedes in protest it could be disastrous for that company!
    This is indeed an unjust punishment! Brawn should be paraded through the streets hanging upside down from a cross and Mercedes should never ever ever ever be allowed to race in formula one again!

  • lolwhat

    They get caught cheating, get punished for cheating after mbeing found to break the rules and benefit from it. Then they gloat about it?

    Is Mercedes really seeing this as a victory while the rest of the world sees them as cheaters?

  • realf1fan

    Ross Brawn is the Daddy. He saw the loophole in Pirelli’s contract with the FIA which does not state a particular car that can run if a test is undertaken by Pirelli, hence Ross the Don seeking clarification pre that test in Barca. Unfortunately for the FIA not all their operatives are singing from the same hymn sheet.

  • uh

    realf1fan, maybe you should read the verdict: mercedes were punished for breaking the rules and benefiting from it.

    so its ironic you call yourself realf1fan applauding a team that cheated.

  • realf1fan

    @ uh , punished! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, LMFAO. You call missing the young driver test punishment when the talk was about points deduction,team expulsion, multi million pound fines, etc.

    Yes Mercedes were found guilty of running an illegal car but there was mitigating circumstances in that Ross did try to seek clarification and that the information given to him by 2 FIA members conflicted with i the members governing body.

    The Tribunal, which consisted of a four-man judging panel, ruled that “neither Pirelli nor Mercedes acted in bad faith at any material time” and both parties disclosed “at least the essence of what they intended to do in relation to test and attempted to maintain permission for it”.

    That to me is not the Tribunal saying that Mercedes are cheats. I suggest you stop jumping on the Mercedes band wagon of hate and try and think for yourself instead of your sheep like mentality.

    Instead of having a username of uh, what about baa.

  • dikkop

    Since Norbert Haug left it has been nothing for Mclaren, and Mercedes won’t go anywhere too. I’m a Ferrari fan but have a huge respect for Norbert, he breathes motorsport, really you should have seen him with his cameraphone during the race of champions last year. I wouldn’t be surprised it made Lewis’ choice to leave a bit easier.

  • Patagrande

    As it is often the case, the loosers are the least deserving of punishment. The young drivers. FIA=MORONS

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