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Brawn wary of tyre progress

ESPN Staff
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Mercedes was on top of its tyre issues in Hungary © Sutton Images

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has warned that getting the tyres to work effectively will remain a challenge for the team all season.

Following Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix there has been increased optimism that Mercedes can challenge for both championships having finally unlocked the race pace in the W04. However, despite being able to look after its tyres in very hot conditions at the Hungaroring - where a new tyre construction was used - Brawn says he's still unsure how much the new tyres suits Mercedes.

"It is a strong moving target," Brawn is quoted by Sporting Life. "We've had three specs of tyre this year - what we began the season with, what we took to the Nurburgring and what we had in Hungary. So you have to keep track and there's no doubt that it will suit people more than others.

"Quite frankly, I still don't have any idea whether this tyre is the one that suits us more or less than anyone else. It's certainly changed the order a little because some teams who were doing exceptionally well, like Force India, struggled with it. I'm sure they will come to terms with it, but it clearly behaves differently."

Brawn added that there was no guarantee Mercedes can reproduce its race pace at the Belgian Grand Prix after the summer break.

"We'd just started to understand the original tyre at Silverstone when we had to change it again. There are slopes that people will be running along in terms of their understanding of the tyre. We got it on the button in Hungary, but it doesn't mean we'll get it right at Spa because every situation is different. You just build up your understanding of it to use it properly."