Mercedes’ executive director technical Paddy Lowe is looking forward to the second half of the 2013 Formula One season, believing that the team is now entering a more stable period during the summer break.
The German team has claimed three wins and seven pole positions so far this season , but Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been unable to capitalize on the good pace of the car thanks to issues with tire management during the early part of the season. Now that these issues have been resolved though, Lowe is confident that the team can perform following the ‘shutdown’ period in the summer.
“The team have produced a great car this year,” Lowe told Sky Sports. “There have been one or two problems which needed to be understood, particularly around race pace, but we’re clearly making progress.
“We’ve tried things. The team is very strong and has done a great job to understand the problems and adapt with a moving target because the tires have kept changing.”
Now that Pirelli have settled on a set construction and compound for the rest of the season, Lowe believes that the team can repeat its good result at the Hungarian Grand Prix where Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win for Mercedes.
“Hopefully we’ll have some stability now, and that is what is very promising for the races to come.”
The new tires do appear to have suited Mercedes compared to the previous designs, and this could help to launch the German team into a fight for both championships in 2013.