Ross Brawn’s new team is widely tipped to land at the sharp end of the grid in Melbourne and the former Ferrari man is relishing the challenge ahead.
Speaking ahead of next week’s Australian Grand Prix he said: “From our short but crucial testing programme over the past two weeks, we have reinforced our view that the BGP 001 is a good car and an excellent platform from which to develop performance over the course of the season,” said Brawn.
“Our focus during the seven days of pre-season testing was on reliability and developing our understanding of the car in race conditions. We are very satisfied with the work achieved and the initial pace seen from the car however we are fully aware that our work has only just begun.
“The practice running in Melbourne will be crucial and we have to get as much mileage as possible under our belts to allow Jenson and Rubens to refine the set-up of the car to their liking.
“Our ambition has always been to be on the grid for the first race of the season in Melbourne and our planning was specifically tailored towards the achievement of this goal,” Brawn said.
“I am extremely proud that we have achieved our ambition and the Australian Grand Prix will mark the start of an exciting new journey for our team.
“The BGP 001 car is the result of 15 months of intensive development work and the team have been nothing less than fantastic in their commitment to producing two cars in time for the first race.”