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Brawn: We know where we have to improve

Ross Brawn says he knows where Mercedes needs to improve with its 2011 car
Ross Brawn says he is aware of where Mercedes needs to improve as it focuses its attention on its 2011 F1 challenger.

After a difficult season in 2010, the team has already turned its focus to next year as it seeks to return to the kind of form that saw it secure both championship titles last year as Brawn GP.

Speaking following the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Brawn revealed that the current W01 had suffered from the fact that the team was so focused on winning the titles last year and said the same mistake – not putting enough into the new car – wouldn't be made again this time around.

“Cars are born 12 months before they're raced and when this car was born we had our focus on lots of things – survival of the company, we were trying to win the championship and we didn't focus enough on this car,” he told ITV-F1.com.

“But that's the car we have now; [but] that's not the balance that we are going to strike for next year.

“Our new car is well advanced. I can see lots of areas that we're making progress in. I think I understand the reasons why we are where we are [this year] and I think I know the things we have got to do to be in a better position next year. But we'll see.”

Brawn added that, with work on the W01 now at an end, he didn't expect to see any dramatic changes in performance through the remainder of the season.

“I don't thing there's any dramatic changes for us for the rest of the season,” he said. “I think they'll be weekends when we perhaps get everything together in a certain way that could help. But we obviously want to get both cars into Q3 and I think with the right balance, the car's perfectly set up, we can do.

“So I think that's about where we will be for the rest of the season. I don't think the tracks we've got coming up will change things too much.”


Tagged as: Mercedes , Brawn , Ross Brawn , 2011

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