Ross Brawn believes his former Mercedes Formula One team will have prepared well for 2017’s radical regulation changes and expects the triple world champions to remain at the sharpest end of the grid.
Next year will see the introduction of wider and faster F1 cars, with series bosses keen to shake up the pecking order from the last three years.
Since the last overhaul in 2014, with the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged power units, Mercedes has steamrolled the field, securing a trio of championship doubles, 51 race wins and 56 pole positions out of 59 grands prix.
Brawn, who was at the helm of the German manufacturer’s works outfit from 2010 to 2013, believes the scope of the team’s dominance has enabled it to switch their focus to next season “very early”.
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Posted: October 11, 2016 by admin in Formula 1
Tags: championship, Japan, Niki Lauda, triple, wins
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took time out from their title battle on Tuesday to join Mercedes bosses and factory staff in celebrating the team’s third successive Formula One constructors’ world championship.
“The smallest guy here, with the smallest part into our engine, is a winner,” non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told staff crowded into the ‘pitstop’ canteen for a champagne celebration at the Brixworth engine facility.
“I know how many hours you have to work, especially after Malaysia,” added the Austrian, himself a triple world champion as a driver.
“We have to keep on going at the same pace and work…to make sure that none of our cars in the last races have any problems.”
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