Ross Brawn is convinced that Michael Schumacher can win on his return to Formula One, if Ferrari continue to be competitive.
Schumacher will drive in a Formula One race for the first time since 2006, when he takes to the grid at the European Grand Prix in replace of the injured Felipe Massa.
However Brawn believes that the German’s lack of testing will not hinder his chances of being competitive around the steets of Valencia.
“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.”
“For him, after Massa’s terrible accident, it was natural to say yes given the state of need of his old team.” explained Brawn, the man who helped mastermind Schumacher’s World Championships at both Ferrari and Benetton, “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.”
Although the Brawn Gp Supremo conceded that Schumacher may experience problems with the 2009 Bridgestone Slicks, he still expects the German to overcome such difficulties.
“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.”