Mercedes eye further progress in Turkey

Mercedes GP have got their eye on further success in next weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The Anglo-German concern had obviously made a step forward in China and both drivers said that they expect their form to continue.

Michael Schumacher pointed to some minor upgrades that the W02 will feature in Istanbul.

“I know that the team have been working very hard to continue the progress that we made during the last race weekend in China and, with the help of some developments planned for Istanbul, I am confident that we can enjoy an equally positive weekend,” said Schumacher.

Nico Rosberg also acknowledged that after some ups and downs the team felt as though they were on the right track.

“We had a more difficult start to 2011 than we had expected, and the first three races felt a little like a rollercoaster of emotions,” he said.

“We were all disappointed in Melbourne and Malaysia but, after leading the race in Shanghai, we have confirmed the potential of our car. The team did a very good job to take a step forward and we learned a lot from the weekend.”

Team principal Ross Brawn added: “The team and drivers have worked extremely hard in the short break before the European season begins to ensure that we continue to move forward.

“We have a fundamentally good car and we need to achieve its full potential in the races to come. The Chinese Grand Prix reminded everyone at the team what it is like to fight for a race. We didn’t succeed on that occasion but it’s a feeling that we would like to experience more often.

“When the car is working properly, we can be more competitive and the solutions we are bringing to Turkey will help us achieve this level more consistently. However, we also know that we need to push for more performance if we want to fight regularly at the front. The first three races have been a challenge but we have pulled together and will continue working hard to make progress.”