MERCEDES RE-SIGN JEZ HANCOX AND JAMIE FRANKLIN
After much speculation about the 2012 driver line-up for Mercedes, the answer was given to us today as Mercedes announced that they will re-sign both of their drivers for the upcoming season. Team Principal Ross Brawn has this to day:
“Last season was okay for us. The car was reasonable, but unfortunately we weren’t that reliable, and overall that effected us in a large way in both the driver’s and constructor’s. However, the drivers, we believe both showed some great talent, and with that were able to secure numerous podiums and we hope that this year we can provide them with a better car to get there on a more regular basis and maybe even challenge for the win,”
With the facilities that Mercedes have, it’s not a bad assumption that the team is quietly confident about their chances this season.
We caught up with Jamie Franklin, who had this to say – “I’m very pleased to re-sign with Mercedes GP for 2012. The team is fantastic, and have put so much effort into improving the car for this season, and I’m definitely looking to getting into it and seeing just how much it has improved, because there is no doubt in my mind that it has,”
When asked about his team mate, Jamie sounded very optimistic. “Jez is a great team mate. He’s quick, he’s consistent and he’s a great guy to work with, so I’m very happy to be working with him for a second season,”
Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a hold of Jez for comments, but we’re sure that he’s more than happy to have signed with a team with such calibre and history as Mercedes.