Brawn confident over Mercedes upgrades
10 April 2013 – Ross Brawn is optimistic that Mercedes will be in a position to continue its front-running form at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, with the Brackley-based outfit applying a selection of upgrades to its F1 W04 chassis ahead of the race.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished third and fourth at Sepang last time out, applying pressure on the Red Bull drivers before an intensive phase of fuel-saving. As Shanghai looms, Brawn reckons challenging at the front remains a realistic target.
"There's no reason we shouldn't be in that leading group," team boss Brawn explained to Sky Sports ahead of the race. "We've got some steps we want to do with the car and the car seems to be behaving pretty well and [we have] two great drivers."
Brawn is also hoping to draw from Rosberg's Shanghai pole position and victory in 2012, plus what he feels to be improved tyre management this season, adding:
"We always seem to go quite well at China and Nico in particular is very strong there. It seems to be a track that suits him and it's a track which is front-tyre limited because of the nature of the corners. It's not rear-tyre limited, and possibly over the past few years we've been a bit weak in terms of rear-tyre durability. I think that's better now."
Mercedes sits fourth in the Constructors' standings following the first two races, 29 points adrift of current leaders Red Bull and just three behind Ferrari and Lotus.