Brawn expects “more respectable second half” of season


Mercedes enter the second half of the season with renewed confidence having won three of the last five races.

Team principal Ross Brawn told The Guardian he expects his team to have “a much more respectable second half” of 2013.

“We’ve scored more points already than we did last year, and we’re just over halfway through,” he said. “We’ve got a strong enough organisation to ensure we won’t let it slip. We’re on a journey here with Lewis [Hamilton] and we don’t know where the limits are.”

It took Mercedes just eight races this year to beat the 142 points they scored in twenty rounds last year. They are now second in the constructors’ championship with 142 points.

The next two races on the calendar are expected to suit the Mercedes W04 well. Spa-Francorchamps and Monza are two of the quickest circuits on the calendar.

Mercedes have set pole position in seven of the ten races so far this year and have usually had the quickest car over a single lap.

However executive director Toto Wolff said last week the priority for the team was to consolidate the gains they have made this year rather than become preoccupied with the world championship.