Formula One News » F1 2013 – Brawn: Mercedes are title contenders Posted on 03/07/2013
Ross Brawn has said he doesn’t see why Mercedes cannot win this year’s world championship after Nico Rosberg won the British grand prix.
Asked whether Mercedes could win the championship Brawn replied “I don’t see why not,” to adamcooperf1.com
“Red Bull last year had a great middle of the season. We’ve got two drivers on top form, the team is really gelling now, and why not? We’re certainly going to try.
“Getting back to racing was just great, and getting back to racing with the result we had is obviously very special. It was partly frustrating because Lewis had a great weekend, just one event took it away from him, but that can happen. We’re greatly encouraged for the rest of the season.”
“We were keeping in touch, Nico managed to keep in touch the whole time. Lewis had got the gap we’d asked him to get, and he was holding that. It would have been close. I think we were competitive.”
“I think we’ve got to look at the information. They were fairly conservative compounds, so how we’ll fare on some more delicate compounds is still to be proven. But there were some encouraging signs,”
“I think the key thing is that we all put to one side any competitive considerations we’ve got. We’ve demonstrated that in these circumstances we can be competitive, and if the solution is to make some changes to the tires, then we’ll accept it.
“I think the reversion to 2012 spec that Pirelli wanted to do earlier in the year that was blocked by some teams, I’m not saying that is the solution, but whatever the solution is F1 has got to come together and accept that we’ve got to do what’s right for the sport. We don’t want a repeat of Silverstone.”