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Brawn: We have to match our potential

Ross Brawn says Mercedes has to deliver after signing Lewis Hamilton to partner Nico Rosberg
Ross Brawn says Mercedes now has to realise its potential after announcing the signing of Lewis Hamilton for the 2013 F1 season.

After 14-years-old with McLaren, the 27-year-old will partner Nico Rosberg next year having agreed a multi-year deal to replace Michael Schumacher.

The signing of the 2008 title winner is the latest step in Mercedes' push to try and secure championship success, with the technical team having been overhauled and a number of leading figures brought in to help push for the title.

Mercedes will hope that Hamilton can help it to build on its victory in China earlier this year to become regular contenders at the front, and Brawn said the team now needed to make it delivers the goods on track.

“I am delighted to welcome Lewis Hamilton to our team,” he said. “The arrival of a driver of Lewis' calibre is a testament to the standing of Mercedes-Benz in Formula One and I am proud that Lewis shares our vision and ambition for the success of the Silver Arrows. I believe that the combination of Lewis and Nico will be the most dynamic and exciting pairing on the grid next year, and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.

“Over the past three years, we have been putting in place the foundations and building blocks that are needed to compete regularly for the world championship. Behind the scenes, we have assembled a team that is technically stronger, more experienced and better resourced, thanks to the support of Petronas and all of our loyal team partners.

“The potential is now there to match any other team on the grid, which is the minimum standard for a Mercedes-Benz works team. Our task is now to translate that potential into on-track performance for next season and beyond.”

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wjpbill - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 11:46 AM

Ross Brawn - Speaking about Schumacher's future on BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday, Brawn said: "It's still under discussion, I'm afraid. I do think Michael contributes an awful lot, so I think the decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a difficult one. Obviously he's very involved in that decision, and discussions are ongoing at the moment." What a load of old tosh. The grass is never greener and to be frank, Mercedes have wasted Schumi's comeback with a series of terrible cars and awful reliability. Lewis "The Brand" Hamilton and Nico "Britney" Rosberg, as good a pairing as your cars have been and I can't wait to see Lewis when your cars fail to finish. I'm off to buy a Mclaren Shirt now that Hamilton has gone and am looking forward to Perez and Button finishing way ahead of Mercedes.

chris - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 11:18 AM

"Have to deliver". Wow! No evidence of that in the last 3 years. If Schumacher could be said to be past his best, the same applies to the woeful Mercedes team and Ross Brawn. Terrible strategies, non existent reliability, poor upgrades. Really hacks me off that Schumi could not announce his own decision, but maybe he has other plans.

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