Mercedes GP boss Ross Brawn has confirmed that the team will decide its driver line-up “later in the season”, while the team’s improved form has been put down to a new exhaust configuration it ran at the British Grand Prix.
The new exhaust design fitted to the team’s W02 challengers – believed to be similar in concept to those used by Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and McLaren – has been done with the aim of improving the efficiency of its blown diffuser.
Despite some struggles for Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher in qualifying and the early stages of the race, their mid- and late-race pace was very promising.
And with the FIA having reversed its ban on off-throttle exhaust-blowing, this could be of further benefit to the Silver Arrows.
“We are on a new path with the exhaust system,” Brawn said after the race. “With the system we had before we had explored most of the potential of it, and we were finding it very difficult to make progress.
“The new exhaust system is quite encouraging because we are seeing greater levels of potential with the new system than we saw with the old system. I am optimistic we will find some good advances with the system.”
Meanwhile, on the driver line-up front, Brawn has again confirmed that it will be Michael Schumacher’s decision alone if he is remain in F1 for the third season of his comeback contract.
“He has a three year contract with Mercedes, and we are very happy with him,” Brawn told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“But if he feels that he doesn’t want to do it any more, then we need to talk about it. You can’t force somebody to do something,” he added.