Mercedes boss Ross Brawn has backed his team to respond to a mixed first half of the season by improving their race day competitiveness during the second half of the year.
F1 betting previews predicted this to be the year Nico Rosberg claimed Mercedes’ first Grand Prix victory since the team returned to Formula One, the German clinching victory in China in April in what was a rare highlight for the team so far.
Since then, however, the Silver Arrows have failed to build on their success, especially when it comes to transferring their impressive qualifying form into race day. The team currently find themselves fifth in the constructors’ championship, with Rosberg nearly 100 points behind leader Fernando Alonso, and Michael Schumacher way down the standings and more focused on simply finishing a race rather than challenging for his eighth world championship.
While Mercedes will be happy with certain aspects of 2012, there is clearly a sense of urgency about improving the car and finishing the year strongly, something punters placing online bets will be interested to hear. Team boss Brawn has made it clear that is the view held at Mercedes, insisting the focus throughout the team was on continuing to improve in all areas.
“I think we are pleased with some of the achievements this year,” Brawn insisted.
“We’ve won a race and had some strong podiums, and we’ve scored more points than we’d done this time last year. But, of course, we also feel that we are not quite where we want to be in terms of consistent competitiveness.”
“We are still working on strengthening the team, strengthening the designs to be more competitive in the future.”
Both drivers are definitely capable of winning races for the team. The battle for Mercedes now will be to give their drivers a car capable of doing just that, and on a consistent basis.