Brawn wrote:"In the last test at Barcelona we had a go at running low fuel and the super-soft tyres and we were the second-quickest car, but I don't think that's where we are overall.I think we're about a second off where we want to be, and where we want to be is mixing it at the front. So we've got to find a second in the upgrade, which we think we can do but you never know what the others are going to do as well. Everybody's going to have new bits at Barcelona.
Brawn wrote:If somebody does come through with a radical innovation that none of the other teams have thought about then it can change things, but we've set out our plan and we'll know when we get to Melbourne whether our plan was right. It's fun to speculate at the moment, but it's very difficult."
Brawn said he had no regrets about the approach Mercedes had taken to the winter.
"I think we said when we started that we had some things to learn with KERS and tyres and we were going to start with a fairly plain car, and you'll see in Barcelona something quite different.
Brawn wrote:"We're as quietly confident as we can be. We think our strategy is correct, to approach it the way we have, and we'll all know when we get to the first race."
He added: "We may get egg on our face when we come to Melbourne if it hasn't all come together, but we're optimistic."
The team boss also insisted that Michael Schumacher was fully behind Mercedes' handling of the 2011 build-up and backed the squad's design strategy.
"He's part of it, he knows what we're doing and why we're doing it.
marcush. wrote:Let´s see if we got 2010 all over again or simply a plan that is panning out as outlined.
We have seen teams at the front in testing and nowherewhen the season started ,so what is needed now is some patience .It´s not actually fact that Mercedes is already done ,just because some people say so.
ell66 wrote:i say they'l be lucky to be as competetive as they were in 2010 ( 4th fastest)
LionKing wrote:ell66 wrote:i say they'l be lucky to be as competetive as they were in 2010 ( 4th fastest)
Renault was definitely a better car than Mercedes last year. Their second driver's inability to bring in points masked this. Unfortunately Mercedes team does not infuse any confidence at all...
xpensive wrote:I agree with the above, when I'm afraid this can turn south with a bang. The wishful thoughts that MGP is sandbagging, wasting the pre-season on testing tires and KERS with an interim shitbox, waiting for the real thing is just that, wishful.
The images of the W02 discloses poor workmanship and a mindboggling lack of attention to detail for a 2011 F1 car.
Something has gone very, very wrong here, which I personally believe is stemming from a complete misunderstanding of RB's job-description as "Tecnical Director" at Benetton and Ferrari, when he is far more Director than ever Technical.
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