Ross brown Michael Lewis and very similar"
In his long career in Formula 1, Ross brown with different teams won eight constructors ' Championships, and 58-year-old engineer is not going to resign until he sees the success of Mercedes. In-depth interview to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung team leader told about the changes in its structure, relations with the riders and plans for the future.
Question Ross, you still get pleasure from the Formula 1
Ross brown Yes, I have the motivation and love the excitement of the sport. Mercedes is a difficult time, but we're just coming out of this crisis and are progressing. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are the two best men in the world, the team collects a very strong group of engineers. All changes of the past year and a half, gradually yield results.
Ross brown it's a Pity that it drew away from all the achievements of the team. We won five pole positions, and this is a great result, especially if to recollect, what positions held Mercedes year ago.
Ross brown Now we occupy the third position in the Cup of designers, yielding Red Bull Racing and Ferrari, in this year is very tight battle. Protests" class="posttag">tests these two commands - a kind of a compliment for us. Contact the FIA is their right, we were punished. Hopefully now we can concentrate on the race, because we are here only for that.
Ross brown They both have strengthened the link between the leadership of the automaker in Stuttgart and the team in the UK, I was not strong. I focused on the team that I wanted to do. Toto and Nicky regularly informed by the Board of Directors of Daimler of our work so that everyone understands what is happening. They both bring benefit to the team.
Ross brown We again and again we emphasize in Brackley we - Mercedes, we - «Silver arrows» This name is associated with a rich heritage. You cannot just buy a team and overnight change everything. After the arrival of Toto and Nicky we further strengthened this link.
Ross brown Michael is a friend of mine, we always keep in touch. He is proud of the team and our progress, but of course, I regret that he was unable to show the world what he's capable of, despite his age. It would be great if the machine in the past years was a bit more competitive. Many believed that Michael lost his speed, as Niko often ahead, but outside of the team very few people understand how fast the Rosberg. He may impose struggle Lewis, one of the best drivers.
Question does Michael in the progress of the team this year
Ross brown Michael constantly shared with us their thoughts and ideas. He very precisely on the behavior of the cars on the track, watching rivals. Engineers have a huge amount of data, but they can interpret them only with the help of the riders. Michael was one of the best in this respect, but Niko could tell everything in detail. Schumacher never said, how shall we build a machine that, but, of course, participated in the creation of W04.
Question what is The difference between Schumacher and
Ross brown They are both incredibly fast and professional racers, able to constantly monitor the emotion that helps us very much. Michael Lewis and are very similar. Both keen to win, finalize the car and try to make the team more competitive. Hamilton is not satisfied with the achieved results, it forces the team to develop and gives us a new impetus. It's great
Question Hamilton showed you something of his life, such as the music of American rappers or the art of conducting a microblog on Twitter
Ross brown No, I don't know about such things - I belong to another generation. Many said that we have problems with Lewis, but it never happened. A new environment is good for him, it motivates and energizes. He took a new challenge, and the machine has surpassed his expectations. Before the transition Lewis of the team I told him about our master plan and promised to 2014 we will fight for the victory. However, we do this now.
Question So next year you hope to win the title
Ross brown I want Mercedes won the Cup of constructors, and one of our riders became world champion - and both must occur as soon as possible. I do not care who wins the title - Lewis or Niko, but I want to see one of them on top.
Ross brown I hope so. Ever have to end my career, but I want to do it only after the team will return to the top.
Ross brown I think we now have enough of them. That is the ideal combination, each has its own task. Currently Bob bell engaged W04, Aldo Costa oversees the preparation for the next season, and Jeff Willis - by 2015. We have excellent prospects.
Ross brown I never feared for his job. I always did what he thought was necessary. Sorry if this is not consistent with the concept of the rest, but I'm not going to change. I always knew that working in Formula 1 consists of UPS and downs.
Question What will be the Formula 1 in the future
Ross brown Some speculated that the championship will be electric cars, but this has not happened. However, Formula 1 will continue to play a significant role in research and development of new technologies, but we should do it more actively.
The struggle on the track and entertainment side is the essence of Formula 1, we can not sacrifice. I speak not only about the technical aspects that someday, probably bored viewer, because he will cease to understand them. Fans want to see the fight racers, and we must ensure this. However, the charm of the Formula 1 in the work of the man with the machine and the victory in the best combination of the rider and the chassis.
Question do You think that Formula 1 will withstand the economic crisis
Ross Brown Yes. The only question is in what condition we will come out of it. Formula 1 is always works on a limit of possibilities, each of us the maximum spread. The thing is to push the boundaries of possibilities. I think more control over the budgets and resources will bring us all a favor - then the Formula 1 will continue. It is unstable, but always adapted to the situation. In the championship are very creative people, they always found a way out of the situation.
text Tatiana Belskaya