MPH: Mark Hughes on...

MPH: Mark Hughes on...

Too few Formula 1 teams seem to recognise the need to develop and nurture their drivers' full potential

I only asked Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli one question and his answer lasted a fascinating 45 minutes. I'd been pondering how come, if you look at any driver pairing in any team, one will consistently shine in certain circumstances compared to the other, and in other situations the positions are reversed.

Why, for example, does Jenson Button detest any instability in the rear of a car under braking or corner entry, whereas Rubens Barrichello can improvise his way around it? Jenson will tell you when the car is like that, Rubens is able to overcome the rear instability by artificially making the car understeer by putting a load of steering lock on very suddenly, whereas when Jenson tries that he loses all feeling of the car.

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