Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has admitted that the outfit needs to improve its consistency in the wake of a disappointing British Grand Prix.
Mercedes have had some good results in recent races, with Michael Schumacher climbing onto the podium in Valencia and Nico Rosberg doing the same in Monaco. However in between, Montreal and Silverstone yielded much less – a sixth and a seventh place to be precise - and Brawn is keen to see them 'challenge at the front' week in and week out.
Speaking ahead of next weekend's German Grand Prix, Brawn added that they will have some more upgrades for Hockenheim, something he hopes will help put them back at the forefront.
“The German Grand Prix will be our second home race in two weeks and we are looking forward to racing in front of our home fans and Mercedes-Benz colleagues once again,” Brawn stated. “As the Mercedes-Benz works team, the weekend is always a special one for our team. Our performance has been up and down recently, ranging from podiums to lower points finishes, and we need to work hard to improve our level of consistency and ability to challenge at the front of the field.
“The Hockenheim layout should be more suited to the F1 W03, than the high-speed Silverstone layout, and we are bringing some further improvements to the car which should help our performance.
“It would be very special to achieve a good result in Germany, so we will be working hard to achieve just that.”
Mercedes boss Norbert Haug is also keen to them deliver on July 22, especially given the close proximity of the Daimler and Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart.
“The German Grand Prix, in the country where the automobile was born, is a highlight of every F1 season and especially so for our Silver Arrows works team. Following the race in Silverstone two weeks ago, this is our second consecutive home Grand Prix and Hockenheim sets quite a different challenge to Silverstone,” he added.
“This year, we are celebrating 111 years of Mercedes Motorsport at the German Grand Prix. This impressive figure has special meaning; Nico's victory in China this year came in his 111th F1 race and was also the 111th Grand Prix win for Mercedes since 1901.
“In Hockenheim, our team will be working hard to deliver a similar level of performance to that we have seen this year with Nico's win in China three months ago, his second place a month later in Monaco and Michael's podium finish two races ago in Valencia,” Haug summed-up.