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Mercedes: Clear target in Japanese Grand Prix

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Congrats for your 30th career pole position! Good Luck tomorrowAnother disappointed weekend for Mercedes at Korea, so team Principal Ross Brawn says that they will be to respond in Japan following last weekend disappointment.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg start from second and fourth respectively, but they managed only fifth and seventh places at Korean GP.

“It was a tough weekend for us in Korea so our clear target [in Japan] will be to respond to that disappointment with a result that delivers the full potential of the car we have developed this season,” Brawn said.

“The Japanese Grand Prix is always one of the highlights of the F1 season. First of all are the fans: the Japanese public have a great passion for F1 as well as a deep understanding for the sport, and it is always a pleasure to see them again when we visit Suzuka.

“As for the circuit itself, it is a fantastic challenge not just for the drivers but also the engineers. It includes an unusual number of medium to high speed corners, which make the circuit exhilarating to drive but also challenging to engineer. It is vital to find a comfortable, neutral car balance that gives the drivers confidence and can also look after the tyres, as this circuit is comparable to Silverstone in terms of the prolonged high lateral loadings they must cope with.”

Mercedes motorsport chief, Toto Wolff is also keen to see the team do better at Suzuka: “The team had a frustrating time in Korea: qualifying showed the pace that we had in the car but we were not able to use it at the right moments of the race,” he added.

“We also lost points because of a problem on Nico’s car and everybody in the team is working hard to get on top of reliability issues like this one.

“Looking ahead to Japan, we can take two small positives from last weekend. First, we closed the points gap to Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, and it now stands at just a single point. The second is that our car was possibly the quickest of all in sector two last weekend, which contained all the medium and high-speed corners. This is promising for Suzuka, where nearly two thirds of the corners are taken in fourth gear or higher, and should see our car perform well on this fantastic track. It’s a true drivers’ circuit and we have the best driver pairing in the field, so I am optimistic Nico and Lewis can qualify and race strongly to bounce back from last weekend,” Wolff concluded.

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