Ross Brawn insists there is still more to come from the Brawn GP team as Formula One's newest outfit prepares to make its debut in the Australian Grand Prix next weekend.
The team, born from the ashes of the Honda Racing F1 squad, heads to Melbourne on the back of a stunning performance in the pre-season tests in Spain, where Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello showed impressive pace from the new BGP001 despite the turmoil that had surrounded the team following Honda's decision to quit the sport.
Indeed, the odds on a victory for the team at Albert Park have dropped significantly on the back of the testing display, but Brawn insisted that the Brackley-based squad had plenty of work still to do as it looks to develop the car.
“From our short but crucial testing programme over the past two weeks, we have reinforced our view that the BGP001 is a good car and an excellent platform from which to develop performance over the course of the season,” he said. “Our focus during the seven days of pre-season testing was on reliability and developing our understanding of the car in race conditions.
“We are very satisfied with the work achieved and the initial pace seen from the car however we are fully aware that our work has only just begun. The practice running in Melbourne will be crucial and we have to get as much mileage as possible under our belts to allow Jenson and Rubens to refine the set-up of the car to their liking.”
Brawn also took time to praise his team for the way in which it had continued working on the new car despite the uncertainty over the winter, referring to them as 'fantastic' for getting two cars on the grid for the opening event of the year.
“Our ambition has always been to be on the grid for the first race of the season in Melbourne and our planning was specifically tailored towards the achievement of this goal,” he said. “I am extremely proud that we have achieved our ambition and the Australian Grand Prix will mark the start of an exciting new journey for our team.
"The BGP001 car is the result of 15 months of intensive development work and the team have been nothing less than fantastic in their commitment to producing two cars in time for the first race.”