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Mercedes F1: We won’t let it slip

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Lewis Hamilton wins 2013 Hungarian GPMercedes F1 team Principal Ross Brawn says that they can lift up performance in second-half of the season and also target title position of the championship.

Following Lewis Hamilton’s Hungarian Grand Prix victory, Mercedes believe they can challenge for title.

Now they are second place in overall after winning three of the past five races and taking seven pole positions in the 10 rounds so far.

“There’s some good things coming on the car in the next few races that I think are going to be a reasonable step. We’ve got the two low-drag races coming up and our low-drag package looks pretty respectable,” Brawn said in an interview with Autosport.

“There’ll be a point where, as with all teams, we’ll be making a decision whether we carry on pushing with this car. There are a couple of different elements: what is exclusive to this car and what are things that you can do which are going to carry over into next year?

“Clearly any understanding of the tyres is going to be a benefit next year. But if we attempt to design a new front wing, that’s got a limited life. That would be much less of a priority.

“I think for the rest of the season we’ll have to take a balanced approach over what’s needed this year and what’s needed for this year and next year. But I think we’ll have a much more respectable second half. We’re scored more points already than we did last year, and we’re just over halfway through. I think we’ve got a strong enough organisation to ensure we won’t let it slip.”

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