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Brawn confident that upgrades will keep Mercedes at the front 02 Aug 2013

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal celebrates on the podium with the Constructors trophy.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 crosses the line.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013 (L to R): Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal looks on as race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates in parce ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has expressed confidence that the Brackley-based squad will carry their good form into the second half of the season thanks to a number of upcoming technical developments.

Mercedes entered the mid-season break having scored three wins and four pole positions in the last five races, results that have boosted their world championship aspirations substantially.

“The team has great spirit at the moment,” said Brawn in an interview posted on Mercedes' official site. “I know the things that are coming through on the technical front and our hit rate has been pretty good on new technical innovations - the things that we’ve brought to the track have generally worked.

“We’ve got a few things coming up in the next few races which could give us that extra impetus, that extra momentum, to take us through the second half of the year.”

Brawn believes that the main challenge for Mercedes, and their immediate competitors, in the final nine races of the season is maintaining performance whilst simultaneously working on a car for next year’s revised regulations.

“Balancing those two things out is going to be the tricky thing,” Brawn reasoned. “I don’t think there’s a point where you stop doing anything with the 2013 car and everyone just swings over to the 2014 car.

“There are areas of the 2013 car that we will continue to develop, almost until the end of season because they can follow on to 2014. If we look at suspension systems; we think fundamentally the tyres will be similar next year and therefore developing suspension systems is entirely relevant for next season.

“There are areas of the 2013 car that have no relevance to the 2014 car, so we’ll draw a line under those at some point. It does depend on how well the team is going - if we start to get a sniff of something that might develop, then that will have some influence on where we go.

“I think teams that don’t have an opportunity will just draw a line under their ‘13 car and get on with their ‘14 car. We’re fortunate enough at the moment to be able to do both - we’ve got a strong car at the moment, a strong team, we’re on a run and we don’t want to spoil that.”

One man on a particularly strong run heading into the August break was Lewis Hamilton, who Brawn said is only beginning to show his full potential having taken time to settle into his new team.

“I think when a driver of Lewis’s calibre joins a team, there’s obviously massive expectation”, Brawn explained, “but every driver takes a while to settle in, to understand all the nuances of the team, to understand how to work with the engineers and how to press the right buttons - and I mean in the team, not just on the steering wheel.

“It’s taken (him) a little while but I see some great signs, particularly in the last few races which have been very, very good. It’s another thing that’s picking up momentum and moving in the right direction. We honestly don’t know where the limit is; we’re on a journey here with Lewis and we don’t know where the limits are.”

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