Mercedes seeking improved reliability
16 April 2013 – Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn has set his sights on improved reliability at the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, with fundamentally strong car performance being overshadowed by Nico Rosberg's early season technical problems.
Although Lewis Hamilton heads to Sakhir with two podium finishes under his belt, Rosberg suffered gremlins in both Australia and China. As the campaign progresses, Brawn says ironing out issues is as important as the quest for speed.
"We have two main areas to focus on; we must improve the reliability and we have to lift our performance to find that extra couple of tenths to our fastest competitors," said Brawn. "And that's a moving target to make the challenge even tougher.
"A strong two car finish will be our target this weekend, and we want to see both Nico and Lewis in a position to score not only points but podiums regularly. We've had a taste of success already this season and the slight feeling of disappointment with third place in China is our motivation."
After the opening three flyaway races, Mercedes sits fourth in the Constructors' standings on 52 points, 26 adrift of leaders and reigning World Champions Red Bull.