Brawn pleased with team spirit despite struggles

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As this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix draws near, Ross Brawn has expressed his satisfaction with the determination shown by his Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix squad since its poor outing at the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago, write Colin and James Beckett.

Nico Rosberg led the Brackley team’s challenge at Suzuka, finishing eighth, while Lewis Hamilton was an early retirement after his car was damaged following an opening lap clash with the Red Bull of world champion elect, Sebastian Vettel.

With Mercedes scoring only four points in the Constructors’ title race, Ferrari were able to extend their advantage, but despite such a poor weekend, Brawn said he was encouraged by the response shown by the team, with both drivers working hard at the factory.

Brawn, the Mercedes team principal, said: “There has been a great deal of analysis and hard work taking place at Brackley since we returned from Japan and I am pleased with the continued work ethic of the team and the determination to achieve our goal of second place in the championship.

“Both Nico and Lewis have been in the factory this week to assist with our preparations for the next two races and we are all looking forward to the challenge of securing strong finishes for both drivers.”

Hamilton said: “Everyone at the team is hoping for a strong weekend after a couple of difficult races and I know that everyone has been working really hard to make sure that we can get all of the performance possible from the car for the last four races.

“We know that we have a good car and we have the potential for some great results before the season is over.”