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Ross Brawn: Ferrari needs a "firewall" in Monza

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 | Sports

03 September 2017 – 10:35 am
Ex-Ferrari technical coach Ross Brawn remembers how difficult the home race in Monza was for his mechanics and what Monza means for Ferrari

In 2003 Ross Brawn was on the podium with Michael Schumacher in Monza

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(cafetheology.org) – Gerhard Berger once said that there is nothing better in Formula 1 than to win with Ferrari in Monza. In 1988 he experienced it himself. But the home game of Scuderia in front of ten thousand enthusiastic Tifosi, the team at the Grand Prix of Italy (Formula 1 2017 live in the ticker) also faces challenges: "In Monza," says Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, "The fans have high expectations, and everyone in the Ferrari hierarchy is coming to Monza to look at you, which is more distraction for the team than usual "Brawn explains. The legendary Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is the legendary stage. And already the old Enzo Ferrari always had a credo: if we can not become world champion, we must at least win in Monza. "Jean Todt and Luca di Montezemolo – now the new management – always had the task to set up a firewall so that Team can work properly, "remembers Brawn. "For Ferrari, Monza is the most difficult race and it takes discipline not to interfere with the team's concentration." When the President is in the pits and watches the mechanics at work, it does not necessarily have a positive effect. Even if, for example, Ferrari legend Niki Lauda believes that all Ferrari employees in Monza are more demanding than elsewhere. "That has brought in my time, two, three tenths," smiles the today's Mercedes boss.

Grand Prix of Italy

"Bella Italia" has not missed a single time in 67 years of Formula One history. The first Grand Prix of Italy, however, is not held in the Royal Park, but on 4 September 1921 in the nearby Brescia. Already a year later the motorsport finds its new home in the Autodromo Nazionale, where Pietro Bordino (in the picture) with a FIAT for the triumph of the Tifosi celebrated premiere success. At that time sad motorsport everyday life: The day before the German Gregor kills Kuhn deadly.

Brawn: "Even the families of the mechanics are interested in Monza, the special passion for Monza goes through all the levels, and you feel it, but it 's also motivating, when we won in Monza, it was very special with the audience on the starting and finish line, this is an incomparable experience. "One that he was able to experience during his Ferrari-era, several times: In the victory of Michael Schumacher in 1996 he was not yet officially in the process; 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 but already. There were two more victories by Rubens Barrichello in the years 2002 and 2004. And in 2003, Brawn took the trophy for the victorious constructor even on the podium.



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