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Brawn Praises Schumacher's Mental Ability

Tuesday June 19th, 2001

The capacity to concentrate on several things at the same time gives world champion Michael Schumacher the edge over their rivals, according to Ferrari's technical director Ross Brawn.

Brawn, who worked alongside Schumacher at the Benetton team before both moved to Ferrari, believes the German three-time world champion is not only better than his rivals because he drives faster, but because of his capacity to concentrate on other things while he drives.

"I've worked with drivers and they are just about coping with what they are doing," Brawn told the BBC. "There is no spare capacity and that's the difference between him (Schumacher) and other mortals.

"He can function as a Formula One racing driver and then he has this spare capacity on top of that to think about the race, to think about what's going on around him. Sometimes I come on the radio and it's like you and I have a conversation, you would think he was just sat next to you not doing anything."

Schumacher, world champion in 1994, 1995 and 2000, is currently leading the 2001 championship by 18 points over McLaren's David Coulthard and the German is only three victories away from Alain Prost's all-time record of most wins (51).

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