We’re Not Where We Want To Be – Brawn

Surprises have come to be expected in one of Formula 1’s greatest seasons. A Williams win and Ferrari leading the championship at its mid-point after a low-key start chief among them. Something which has not been such a surprise has been Mercedes’ failure to deliver strong results consistently.

After a strong start to the season which had the team tipped as possible title contenders, the Germans have fallen back to their usual role of a group which should be doing better. Sitting in a distant fifth place in the Constructor’s Championship, they are more than eighty points behind Ferrari in fourth, the same championship position which they have finished the season during 2010 and 2011.

Brawn says Mercedes need to push on for better results

Ross Brawn, boss of the team, has said that they want to do better in order to match their lofty ambitions:

“I want to do better. P5 is not our ambition and we will do anything possible to end better,” Brawn told the official Formula 1 website. “There are still a lot of races to come with many more points to be won.”

Citing the team’s strength in personnel as a reason to be optimistic, he is confident that their position can be improved in the season’s nine remaining races:

“We haven’t got the car quite as we wanted right now, but we have a very good team – very good people – so I am optimistic that we are going to have a stronger second half to the season than the first half,” he said.

Rosberg took a maiden win in China

The opening races carried a pattern of the team qualifying strongly, partly due to its double-DRS system, a system which has been worked on by other teams including Lotus. The race pace faded away however as they failed to get a solid grip on how to manage the temperamental Pirelli tyres in hot weather. It wasn’t all bad news as Mercedes achieved their first pole position and race victory since their comeback to the sport in 2010. Nico Rosberg’s double of pole and race win at this season’s Chinese Grand Prix was the first time a Mercedes driver had won an F1 race since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

Schumacher has retired from more races than any other driver in 2012

Monaco saw Rosberg’s team-mate Michael Schumacher set the time for pole position although the seven-time world champion started the race from sixth on the grid due to a grid penalty, meaning it does not count as an offical pole position. Schumacher also stood on the podium for the first time since 2006 at the European Grand Prix in Valencia. Rosberg has finished each race this season, but Schumacher has retired from six of eleven starts.

Brawn is in good spirits about the rest of a season where he maintains that Mercedes have performed well, saying that the work continues for consistently strong finishes:

“I think we are pleased with some of the achievements this year. We’ve won a race and had some strong podiums, and we’ve scored more points than we’d done this time last year.”

“But, of course, we also feel that we are not quite where we want to be in terms of consistent competitiveness. We are still working on strengthening the team, strengthening the designs to be more competitive in the future.”

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