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Mercedes look forward, and Ferrari look back // Stefano thought about quitting, whilst Brawn believes in Michael

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Ross Brawn has defended Michael Schumacher’s performance last year, whilst talking about what he would give the German for his birthday. He said he didn’t have a present in mind, as he knew all that Michael wanted was a competitive car. He added: “I’m still optimistic because Michael’s performances at the end of last season were encouraging. I’m convinced he will go decidedly better this year.” Michael himself admitted at the end of last year that he could see his 2010 season didn’t look good, but said it was more important that he was enjoying building the team up.

Meanwhile, Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted that he thought about resigning after the Abu Dhabi GP, after a strategy mistake potentially cost Alonso the championship. He considered stepping down, and raised the issue right after the race but realised that in any other race it would have been a normal error, not quite so significant, and it would be rash to throw everything away. Today, Ferrari announced a reshuffle in the team, with ex-McLaren employee Pat Fry taking the chief race engineer role.