Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Mercedes off to a better start than expected – Brawn

2013 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says they have begun the season more strongly than they expected to.

“Our season has started well, perhaps better than we expected, however we’re fully aware that there is still a gap to close and that we must keep up the pace of development,” said Brawn.

“A lot of hard work has taken place at our factories over the last two weeks to do just that and I look forward to seeing how that translates to track performance.”

Lewis Hamilton finished third for the team in Malaysia with Nico Rosberg fourth. Hamilton was running strongly in Australia before a mistake forced him to change his strategy, leaving him fifth, while Rosberg retired.

Rosberg scored the only win of Mercedes’ F1 comeback so far in last year’s Chinese Grand Prix but executive director Toto Wolff played down their chances of a repeat:

“One year on from Nico’s win, a lot of people will be asking whether this is something our team can repeat in 2013. But like they say, yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games, and that’s definitely true for us.

“We start again from zero this year and need to work hard to adapt the car to suit the circuit and the tyre compounds we have available, in the conditions that we find on track next weekend.”

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