Former Ferrari technical director and friend of Michael Schumacher says he think Schumacher will be competitive and a strong opponent if Ferrari have a car to compete.
Brawn should know, he worked with Schumacher for seven world championships and knows just how quickly the German can adapt to a new car and track. Telling Autosport:
“I’m convinced he will be [strong],” Brawn told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I still remember the great race he did in Brazil in 2006.
“Of course it’s obvious that he has to familiarise himself with the car, but I’m sure that if he doesn’t win one of the remaining races of the season it will not be his fault, but because Ferrari is not in a winning position.”
He added: “For him, after Massa’s terrible accident, it was natural to say yes given the state of need of his old team. In my opinion there is also another aspect to consider: the fact that this is for a limited time.
“I mean, Michael returns with his usual determination and seriousness, but above all with the intention of having fun. Personally, I admit I’m excited and can’t wait to see him at work.”
Brawn reckons the slick tyres should be the biggest unknown for Schumacher, but the team boss believes not even that will pose a big problem for the German driver.
“Formula 1 has not changed much in terms of driving,” Brawn said. “The biggest thing Michael will face is the slick tyres. But this is not a disadvantage because these tyres make the behaviour of the car more predictable.
“It’s true he doesn’t know Valencia, but the simulator will have helped him.”