Brawn: 2013 ideas could come early
2 September 2012 – Ross Brawn has revealed that Mercedes could try out ideas for 2013 on its current race car, with the FIA regulations taking on no real changes next year. The Team Principal was quizzed over the team’s inconsistent season at Spa-Francorchamps.
“It is very close this year and a few tenths seem to make a huge difference,” he said. “We’ve had some good races and more difficult ones, like in Hungary when we struggled with the balance. What you are trying to seek with a car is finding the right balance on entry, mid-corner and exit as well as consistency with the tyres. Sometimes we are having one of these, but then struggling with the other; so optimising the car around that has been difficult.
“We’ve got ideas, theories and views with what we need to do with the car and some of those will be implemented this year in order to know what to do with next year’s car. But it is this question of knowing what to do with balance in terms of tyre consistency - and we have struggled with tyres. But these challenges and aspects of the car are what all of us face.”
Then asked whether Mercedes could be re-branded as AMG F1 in 2013, as rumoured across the internet, Brawn was unable to comment on the matter but insisted that the company is 'committed' to Formula 1 as a whole.