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Mercedes: Title success unlikely in 2012

Norbert Haug: Our engine is said to be the best. Our KERS is said to be the best. Now we want to achieve that with our car as well...

Mercedes boss Norbert Haug has conceded that the team will probably have to wait a few more years before it can challenge for any titles.

Mercedes finished fourth in the F1 Constructors' Championship in 2011, behind Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull Racing. In total Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher combined to score 165 points for the Brackley-based outfit, which left it 210 off Ferrari and 485 points off Red Bull, who scored 650 and who were again champions.

Speaking to Germany's DPA news agency this week, Haug admitted that third place this year would be acceptable.

“Normally you don't see a jump from fourth to first, but we want to start the countdown: four, three, two, one,” he confirmed. “Our engine is said to be the best. Our KERS is said to be the best. Now we want to achieve that with our car as well.”

Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile also believes that the squad has some way to go before it can win races.

“Not yet,” Brawn replied, when asked if they have a winning car in the shape of the new F1 W03. “We have made a big step forward in the past twelve months, but we still have plenty to do.”

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Mercedes AMG Petronas W03   [pic credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas]
21.02.2012 Barcelona, Spain, Norbert Haug (GER), Mercedes Sporting Director with Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP- Mercedes F1 W03 Launch
22.07.2011- Press conference, Norbert Haug (GER), Motorsport chief
06.05.2011- Press conference, Norbert Haug (GER), Motorsport chief
18.02.2011- Norbert Haug (GER), Motorsport chief

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nick - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 4:33 PM

seems to me that theyve failed to remember that honda/brawngp came from seventh to first in 09......all this talk about were not ready yet is a smokescreen they believe and hope they will be challenging for victorys from the very begining

Gary - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 7:52 PM

Jenson button- 2008 - Honda = 18th Jenson button- 2009 - Brawn = 1st Back of the grid to front of the grid in 1 season, so it can be done!!!!

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