Ross Brawn thinks Michael Schumacher’s legacy is as strong as ever in Formula One five years after his retirement.
Schumacher is F1’s most successful driver with 91 race wins and seven world championships. Although, He retired in 2012, but Brawn feels his influence is still being felt across the motor network. In an interview broadcast, three years to the day since the horrible skiing accident took place. Brawn stated that both Ferrari and Mercedes owe the German driver a great deal.
Brawn said in an interview with CNN that “Michael, for sure, contributed to the organization and structure that has gone on to achieve success at Mercedes. Michael helped to create the success we had at Ferrari, and he continued doing so at Mercedes “.
Brawn, who experienced each of the German’s title wins as technical director at Benetton and Ferrari, believes Schumacher’s personality and desire to win have created a lasting impact on the motor scene, he drove for in his career.
Brawn further explained that “When you saw a racer as committed as Michael was, and so single-minded about success, it dragged you along as well“. He added ” You knew you couldn’t let the side down, and everyone was the same. You knew when you had a driver so focused on achieving success; it motivated other people automatically”.
” Michael just being around was a huge motivator for people. To try to emulate that yourself and create the right atmosphere moreover, create a real positive feeling within the team was an important lesson I learned from watching Michael “.
“With his knowledge and maturity, available to a group of aerodynamicists or vehicle dynamists or tyre people and explaining what was necessary was invaluable. He was instrumental in creating the systems that add up to the success that Mercedes has today “.
The Schumacher family has recently initiated the ‘Keep Fighting’ campaign. This campaign aims at bringing together fans and those inspired by the legendary driver. Furthermore, Michael’s son Mick has just signed up for the Formula 3 season in 2017.