Ross Brawn says that Mercedes isn't interested in fighting for fourth in the constructors' championship this season with the focus firmly on the 2011 F1 season.
With four races left to run this season, Mercedes is 35 points ahead of Renault in the race to be 'best of the rest' behind Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari but while he admitted it would be disappointing to slip to fifth, Brawn insisted the main focus was on moving up the order next year.
"We are all very competitive, we want to stay ahead of Renault," he told PlanetF1
. "There is no doubt that we would all be very disappointed if we fall behind Renault but we have an agenda which is to be much stronger next year - and if you said to me do you want to be much stronger next year and forget about Renault this year then I would say yes.
"Whether we are fourth or fifth quite frankly isn't where we want to be, I don't want to be fifth, don't get me wrong but we will do everything we can, but that is everything we can that doesn't affect the efforts going into next year's car."
Brawn also took time to praise Nico Rosberg for his performances during the season and said he was confident that the former Williams man and team-mate Michael Schumacher would impress in 2011.
"Nico will tell you he was a bit concerned coming into the team because of my relationship with Michael, the history, but he is comfortable with the way things have gone,” he said. "I am very pleased with Nico. We know we want to see some progress with Michael, it is not there yet - but you see snapshots of his performance and we need to put everything together. I am optimistic than next year we will have a better package generally, but a package that Michael will find a bit easier to use.”