Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn insists the team can still improve in 2013 given a raft of changes that are coming both to the team and sport.
In a detailed interview with Formula 1’s official website, Brawn defends against the accusations of “too many chefs in the kitchen.” Niki Lauda joins up as chairman, Toto Wolff comes the team as a major shareholder, and former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe appears set to switch over for 2014.
That will be the year of new technical regulations, including a switch from the current V8 engines to 1.6L turbocharged V6 engines.
“It is important to have clear areas of responsibility,” Brawn said. “I am responsible for the sporting side; running the team on an operational level. If we can maintain that then there will not be a problem.”
With Lewis Hamilton’s highly publicized move from McLaren, Brawn said it would be a shame to produce a car that won’t allow him and Nico Rosberg to shine this year.
“It wasn’t just about what we can do this year or next year but in the next few years. I think it was very important that Lewis understood that,” Brawn said. “One thing is clear: we can’t approach 2013 saying ‘well Lewis is here for the long term; we said that we’re doing 2014 properly so we don’t need to worry about 2013.’ We worry and are putting a lot of effort in 2013 because we want to do the maximum that we can.”