Brawn Wants To Work With Alonso, Who He Considers The Best Driver In The World
By Dialogo March 31, 2009Englishman Ross Brawn, owner for less than one month of the Brawn GP team, which won the top two positions in its debut in the Grand Prix in Australia, has had one goal since the retirement of Michael Schumacher: to work with the best driver in the world, Fernando Alonso. To Ross Brawn, the designer of Michael Schumacher’s seven world title winners, two in Benneton (1994 and 1995) and five in Ferrari (2000 to 2004), Fernando Alonso is the best driver in the world, and he said so last year in the Belgium Grand Prix in September. "We need an experienced, fast driver with the capacity to grow, and Alonso has all those qualifications; he is the best in the world," he said in the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where he also gave his opinion on two other pilots who would later be world champions: Britain's Lewis Hamilton, and Finnish Kimi Raikkonen. "Both are very fast, but Hamilton has no experience and Raikkonen does not have the capacity to develop a car," he said of both. In Canada’s Grand Prix last year, in the first week of June, Ross Brawn displayed the blueprints for the new car and tried to convince Fernando Alonso to join his project with Honda, when money was not a problem for the team yet. Last year, when Alonso left Mclaren, Brawn waited until the last minute to include him in the Honda team, where he had just punched in after taking a sabbatical following the withdrawal of Michael Schumacher, because the strategic magician of Formula One only wanted to work with the best, and Brazilian Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were not among his favorites. When Ross Brawn came to Honda in November 2007 following his year-long sabbatical, he encountered two drivers with existing contracts, Barrichello and the British Jenson Button, in spite of which he tried to incorporate Alonso. This year, after taking over the team following Honda’s withdrawal, Brawn again showed his peculiarities with drivers. Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton, had finished testing for Honda before the end of the year, and all signs appeared to indicate that he would be the team’s second driver, joining Jenson Button for the current season. With the difficulties that the team was going through, Bruno Senna also raised money from sponsors, but once Ross Brawn took over the team on March 5, he canceled a meeting with the Brazilian, who lamented the time wasted, and reported that his second driver would be his countryman Rubens Barrichello. Brawn had been in charge of Barrichello at Ferrari from 2000 to 2005, and therefore he knew exactly what he could expect from the Brazilian, as well as his ability to take the car to the limit, especially when they have little time to do it. Perhaps one day the best engineer and strategist, whose cars always push the limits of the rules, Ross Brawn, will fulfill his dream of working with the best driver, Fernando Alonso, and thus repeat the seven world titles he achieved with Michael Schumacher.