Mercedes Not Getting Carried Away

Mercedes Benz head Norbert Haug has stated that he and his team are not getting too excited with current form, even with their good form in the opening three rounds of the 2012 championship.

The German constructor has shown strong pace in qualifying and on the back of last weekend’s break-through Chinese Grand Prix victory, the feeling is good at the squad’s Brackley base in Northamptonshire. Haug however, is keen to instill a modest approach and is all to aware of how close the grid is on pace:

“Last Sunday was a milestone for our Mercedes team,” said Haug ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. “However, things move quickly in this business and our focus is now on preparing for the fourth race of the season in Bahrain.

“Our newly-formed Silver Arrows team made its debut at this circuit two years – and 41 races – ago. Since then, everybody in Brackley and Brixworth has worked tirelessly to make ours a winning team, and our performance in China provided a first taste of success.

“But we are keeping our feet on the ground, because this year more than ever before in the history of Formula 1, small details can take you from hero to zero: just three tenths of a second separated P1 to P11 in qualifying last Saturday.”

Not for the first time in his career, Englishman Brawn holds the winning constructor's trophy

Team boss Ross Brawn has been part of success in the sport for many teams. He has had key roles in the championship-winning years of Benetton, Ferrari and Brawn GP. The Chinese GP win meant that he has now had involved in race wins for four different teams. He knows that Bahrain will be a strong test of whether the team has improved their tyre issues which caused them to lose pace at the opening two rounds, but is keen to stress that everything will be done to ensure a strong performance:

“The team have worked very hard to overcome the tyre issues that affected us at the first two races, and it is clear that achieving the optimum performance from the Pirelli tyres is absolutely key to our performance and ability to challenge at the front of the field,” said Brawn.

“The temperatures and track conditions in Bahrain will be very different to Shanghai, however we will work hard to extract the maximum performance from the F1 W03 and have another strong weekend.”

Sun and sand will be the way it is in Bahrain

The Bahrain GP has usually been held in March or early April, and this year’s date of late April will mean even hotter conditions. The rain which heavily influenced the Malaysian GP may not be a threat, but that’s not to say the weather won’t play a part in who has the smoother ride. Track temperatures are likely to be in the 40C range, which will play to the strengths of the likes of McLaren and Red Bull, and could be a hazard for teams such as Mercedes and Sauber.


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