More to come from Mercedes in races, says Brawn

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Ross Brawn is clear on where Mercedes need to make progress having set pole position for the last two races without winning them.

“It’s nice to have taken pole position at the last two races, but what really counts is the race itself, and I don’t believe we’re there yet,” said Brawn.

Lewis Hamilton started the Chinese Grand Prix from pole position and Nico Rosberg did the same in Bahrain. But they only led a total of six laps between them as their rivals proved quicker over a race stint.

Brawn credits the progress they have made so far this year to sacrifices made during their 2012 campaign:

“From an engineering perspective, we know what we did 12 months ago is now coming through and giving us a reward.”

“Changes were made back then which were painful at the time, and were part of the reason why we had a poor second half to last season. You have the pain for a while of those changes, which is what we had last year.”

Mercedes endured a five-race streak without scoring any points at the back end of 2012, but have taken away at least ten points from every race so far this year.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)