Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2013

Brawn encouraged by win in unfavourable conditions

2013 Hungarian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2013Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says his team’s third win of the year in hot conditions at the Hungaroring bodes well for the rest of the season.

“We genuinely didn’t know how the tyres would play out,” said Brawn after Lewis Hamilton’s victory. “It was much hotter today.”

“I think there’s lots of signs of encouragement there for the rest of the year but we can’t take it easy. But I think all the work the guys did to address that issue, that weakness in the car, we’ve made a step today. So it’s really good.”

“We’ve got some good races coming up, Spa and Monza, which I think will be pretty exciting, we’ve got some good developments on the car,” he added, “and then we’ll decide our programme after that because of course like every other team we’re juggling ’13 and ’14, we have to decide where we put our priorities, I think after the first two races after the break.”

Tyre use has been a major concern for Mercedes this year and Brawn admitted “I’m not sure you ever do get on top of them”.

“It’s a question of degree and if you do a better job than anyone else on the day. They are challenging, but perhaps that’s how Formula One should be.”

Brawn said Hamilton had been “frustrated” at not winning a race while team mate Nico Rosberg had won two. After ten races with the team, Brawn thinks Hamilton is still making progress with them:

“It’s another step. it’s the evolution that you have when someone, particularly someone of the ability of Lewis, joins the team. It takes a little while for everything to bed in. It certainly bedded in today.”

“Every race he’s getting a little bit more familiar, working with the engineers in a little more relaxed way, because at the start they didn’t know each other,” Brawn added. “It’s definitely progress.”

Rosberg dropped out of the race in the closing stages with an engine failure, which Brawn said caused some concern on the pit wall: “We had some concerns but in fact we hasn’t overheated the engines.”

“Nico has a slightly tougher time because he was following in traffic quite a bit but we were managing to keep it under control and under the limits. Because we couldn’t explain it, we didn’t know the reasons why, then of course you do get anxious. We could see the engine failure on the data but we couldn’t explain why.”

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