Mercedes boss Ross Brawn is hoping a lot of hard work and analysis will pay dividends in China this weekend.
Mercedes have shown great pace in qualifying, but thus far in F1 2012, the Brackley-based outfit has failed to deliver on race day, and after Australia and Malaysia, the team has just one point on the board.
Brawn will now be hoping the work the squad has done over the last few weeks will put Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg
in the mix.
“We hope that the weekend will prove more successful than the first two races of the season where our race results did not match expectations after a positive start to both weekends,” Brawn said.
“A lot of hard work and analysis has taken place back at the factory since our return, and I hope to see these efforts pay dividends on Sunday in Shanghai with a performance which reflects the capabilities of the F1 W03.”
Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug meanwhile echoed those thoughts and he wants to see Schumacher and Rosberg setting 'consistent and competitive laps times' on race day.
“The first two races of the 2012 F1 season have been ones of unfulfilled promise for our team. Michael's second row qualifying positions were less than half a second from pole in Australia and Malaysia, however at both events we did not convert our qualifying speed into a consistent race performance on Sunday when it counts,” Haug added.
“Since the last race in Malaysia [though], the team has conducted analysis of our tyre usage during the first two rounds, and how we can improve. The Chinese Grand Prix
will provide an answer on our progress, although weather conditions and circuit characteristics will be different to either Melbourne or Malaysia.
“[As I say] our team has been hard at work since Malaysia, and we hope to be able to translate our learning process into consistent and competitive lap times on race day in China."