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After the German Grand Prix, Mercedes confessed that their car is simply not quick enough to challenge Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren for Grand Prix victories. Team Principal Ross Brawn admits that the upcoming summer break will be a vital time for the Brackley-based team, but that little will change between Hockenheim and Budapest.
Back-to-back races bookend the summer break, which features four non-F1 weekends in the month of August and precedes the Belgian and Italians Grands Prix in September. During that time, all team factories must be closed for the period of a fortnight.
“After our performance peaks and podium achievements in China, Monaco and Valencia, the last month has been tougher and we have not achieved the results that we would have wanted,” Brawn admits, with the squad having picked up just 15 percent of the points on offer from the last two races at Silverstone and Hockenheim.
“There is a limited amount of work that can be done between back-to-back races but we will work hard to find the necessary improvements…it would be a nice reward to have a strong weekend there before a well-deserved mid-season break for the team.”
The silver arrows sit fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, having amassed 25 more points that at this stage last year but still trailing leaders Red Bull by a margin of 125.
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