Schumacher's car designed for me - Button

Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes and Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas, Bahrain Grand Prix, 14.03.2010 Sakhir, Bahrain
Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren Mercedes and Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas, Bahrain Grand Prix, 14.03.2010 Sakhir, Bahrain / Copyright: Batchelor / xpb

Jenson Button has accepted a portion of the responsibility for Michael Schumacher's lacklustre return to formula one this season.

The reigning world champion said Brawn GP, now Mercedes GP, developed the Brackley based team's 2010 car according to his preference for understeer.

But at the last minute, Button switched to McLaren, while Mercedes made plans to host Schumacher's comeback at the wheel of the W01 -- a car whose basic characteristics the seven time world champion dislikes.

"Michael likes a very pointy car," the 30-year-old Briton is quoted by Germany's Sport Bild.

"But the Mercedes understeers pretty strongly," said Button. "I was always happy with it that way."

But he is not overly apologetic, given that his McLaren move "made it possible for Michael to come back".

Button thinks the F1 world should not write Schumacher off until his performance in the 2011 car can be seen.

"He will have more influence on the development of the next car. This year (the 2010 car) was quite late for him -- the fundamental characteristics were in place long before his signature," he said.

Source: GMM
Published Jul 29th, 2010 12:46am
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Dsteyn Dsteyn
I tend to agree with JB but i think there is other problems with the car as well i just don't think it is fast enough. And i do not think Michael lost any reflexes or ability to be fast. It is just unfortunate that you need a fast car to win races in the modern formula one era.
Jul 29th, 2010 6:17pm
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schizo schizo
These cars are like tailor made suits... The lightness of them makes every single detail of the design have an affect on the driving characteristic of the cars...and at the speed that they drive every single characteristic of the car gets amplicated. It's like asking a guy who is accostumed to a FWD car drive a RWD car around a track and not oversteer off the track (but in this case the opposite...)
Jul 29th, 2010 2:49pm
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He's almost 42 years old, prbbly losing time each turn because of early braking and slowing reflexes, just enough to deny him a podium finish, that's it... i don't believe in that setup nonsense... they're F1 engineers for god sake, and have been given almost 4 months... they could have fixed this under/oversteer thing and spare the guy the humiliation.... and just fyi, i still am a schumi fan!
Jul 29th, 2010 2:40pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
Well now, it's all very well tweaking the tweakable bits, but if the fundamental basics of the car aren't what you want, you're pretty stuffed for the time being. The team don't have the time or the money to completely re-design the 2010 car. It's best for them to focus on the 2011 car being right for Schumacher and Rosberg. As for Michael, he may be a little slower in his age, but he only left 3 years ago, and he hasn't exactly been sitting on his arse over that time, so 2011 could well be his year (not a championship year, but better than 2010). Like Button and others have said, it's too early to judge him on his performance
Jul 29th, 2010 9:59pm
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FerrariFan FerrariFan
yes i tend to agree with button.
Jul 29th, 2010 11:03am
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Jamaicandude Jamaicandude
He could very well be right. Maybe some things can be fiddled with & fine tuned, but if the general suspension geometry is such that it inherently wants to understeer, they could be chasing their tails trying to dial it in... change one thing & something else gets thrown out of whack. I'm not an expert of course, but JB should know what he's talking about. It sounds feasible.
Jul 29th, 2010 10:32am
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
I think Button's right though, as he drives very very smoothly, so he doesn't want a car to slide around.
Jul 29th, 2010 6:57am
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liquid stereo liquid stereo
Could very well be. In the Hakkinen - Coulthard years at McLaren, I remember the car going away from Hakkinen and towards Coulthard.
Jul 29th, 2010 6:23am
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Fourie_00 Fourie_00
i think surely its more then just that. they are able to change any given car from an oversteering to neutral to understeery car. obviously one chassis is more inclined to work better in one way then the other but i cannot imagine it would be that much? maybe someone with more technical knowledge of these F1 cars can fill me in :D
Jul 29th, 2010 4:32am
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