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Brawn: We want to end season on positive note

1 November 2012


Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has said he is hoping for a 'stronger result' this Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes failed to score for the third race in succession in India last weekend and while the squad is turning its attentions to work relevant for 2013, Brawn still wants to try and finish this season on a 'positive note'.

“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has very quickly established itself as one of the most spectacular races on the calendar, and the Yas Marina Circuit is certainly one of the most impressive of the new F1 venues,” Brawn said in the countdown to the 18th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.

“Our team has had a challenging time during the season-ending flyaway races so far. However, we are continuing to work hard on improving our performance, while also taking the opportunity to look at developments which will be relevant next season.

“We would like to end the season on a positive note, and hope to have a stronger result this weekend.”

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg meanwhile, like Brawn, are also both looking forward to the event, although the latter is increasingly focusing his energies on 2013.

“Abu Dhabi is one of the races I look forward to travelling to. The facilities there are state of the art, very modern and very attractive. The timing of the race makes it even more appealing: it's something quite special and uniquely fun to race from day into night. Admittedly, 'fun' is not exactly the right word to describe the race I had on Sunday in India. However, I hope that what we learned about our car across the weekend can be translated into something positive in Abu Dhabi,” Schumacher remarked.

“The Abu Dhabi race is one of the highlights on the calendar and every year it seems to become better and better,” Rosberg chipped in. “I really enjoy driving the track, particularly with the unusual twilight conditions, and the setting around Yas Marina is very special. On the track, tyre work will again be crucial this weekend.

“We are working hard on it and our goals this weekend will be to score some points and to learn for next year.”


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