Brawn, a former Ferrari technical director, said he does not believe the team’s loss of performance is entirely due to the weakness of its power unit.
“I’ve been in a situation like Ferrari have found themselves in at Spa, where you don’t get tyres to work, the temperature doesn’t come and the drop off in performance is dramatic,” he said.
“Regardless of what people say about the deficit they may have with the engine following the technical clarifications, you don’t lose 1.3s per lap from one year to next in that metric alone. They just couldn’t get the tyres in the zone The fact it was colder at Spa, would not have helped either.
“When that happens, the performance drops off and looks horrific. If they can make that step and get the tyres working properly again, I think the performance will snap back in. They still won’t look race-winning, but it will become more respectable.”
Sainz, who failed to start yesterday’s race after a power unit problem caused an exhaust failure on his McLaren, is due to join Ferrari next year. But Brawn said he won’t be impressed by what he’s seen of his future team so far.
“This has been a tough year for him, but he’s a pretty positive guy. He’s a very strong character, his career has been no easy ride after all. I’ve always rated him, I think he’s a great driver and he’ll manage this situation.
“But what looked like a dream move to Ferrari next year isn’t looking too good right now and inevitably, he must be nervous about his prospects next season.”
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