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Tyre rule won't change much says Schumacher

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Tyre rule won't change much says Schumacher
Sep 5, 2003, 10:55 PM

Michael Schumacher is keeping a level head about the tyre row surrounding Formula One presently and doesn't think the change in regulations will make a huge difference. Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is blustering about Michelin using illegal ...

Michael Schumacher is keeping a level head about the tyre row surrounding Formula One presently and doesn't think the change in regulations will make a huge difference. Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is blustering about Michelin using illegal tyres not just in Hungary but in previous races and says further action may be taken. Schumacher thinks it unlikely that the FIA will make any judgements on previous events.

Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"I don't think it will make that much difference," the German told Autosport, in regard the tyre rule. "The end result will not be that upside down from how it is now. It is a very confusing situation and lots of unqualified and qualified people are saying lots of things about how wide or narrow the tyres are."

"I don't think the FIA are going to do anything about what's happened in the past, but they will do something about the future. I think they (teams running Michelin tyres) will comply with the regulations."

Michelin seems to be responding well to the challenge and in testing at Monza today, where Schumacher, on Bridgestones, was fastest, the French manufacturer had six cars in the top ten as it worked on a narrower tyre tread ready for the Italian Grand Prix.

Schumacher was happy with Ferrari's test: "Today we have been the quickest, so I think that we might have a very good package," he commented. "I am reasonably confident for next weekend. We couldn't quite get it right in Hockenheim and Hungary, so we need to get it right at Monza."

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