Brawn: Mercedes ready to fight at the front

Ross Brawn believes that Mercedes are poised to launch an attack on Formula One’s frontrunners, as the outfit continues to  develop of its 2010 challenger.

Although the Brackley-based team triumphed in last year’s championship, before being bought over by the German manufacturer, its has so far struggled this season – sitting 107 points adrift of McLaren at the top of the Constructors’ championship.

However, the Mercedes team principal is confident that the Silver Arrows will soon experience a change in fortunes.

“With the new points system this year, we are still within striking distance of the Championship leaders and we will continue with our efforts to become more competitive,” he said.

“We have a number of the basics right and the difference between winning and losing is small. We need to close that difference.”

Brawn concedes that Mercedes must do better in qualifying, if it wishes to compete for the higher points positions.

“Our car was well suited to the circuit in Montreal and our pace during the race was encouraging. Unfortunately qualifying was a disappointment and we placed well below our potential which compromised our weekend,” he said.

Despite its problems, Brawn is certain that Mercedes will be much stronger in Valencia – as the team are set to introduce a number of new upgrades.

“Looking ahead to Valencia, the circuit is similar to Montreal in many ways with long straights connected by slow corners which should suit our car.

“We have an upgrade package which will be another good step in our development towards competing at the front of the field.”