Brawn excited by Mercedes’ summer development

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Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is looking forward to seeing what the Silver Arrows can achieve in the second half of 2013 thanks to the development work being completed at base in Brackley.

Traditionally, the teams use the summer break to work on new parts and upgrades that will give them a renewed confidence and pace for the second half of the season. For Brawn, these upgrades combined with the momentum built following Lewis Hamilton’s win in Hungary will give Mercedes added strength for the run to Brazil.

“The team has great spirit at the moment,” Brawn told the team’s official website. “I know the things that are coming through on the technical front and our hit rate has been pretty good on new technical innovations – the things that we’ve brought to the track have generally worked.

“We’ve got a few things coming up in the next few races which could give us that extra impetus, that extra momentum, to take us through the second half of the year.”

Despite Lewis Hamilton trailing championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 48 points and also standing behind Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ title race, the Briton could be a dark horse for the championship. Last season, Sebastian Vettel trailed Fernando Alonso by 40 points heading into the Belgian Grand Prix, yet with the quickest car this gap soon evaporated and the German driver clinched the title by just 3 points in Brazil.

History could yet repeat itself if Mercedes’ upgrades provide Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg with a realistic chance of challenging the Red Bulls, setting the scene for a explosive second half of the 2013 season.