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Brawn wary of tyre issues beyond Monaco

ESPN Staff
May 18, 2013 « Mercedes working hard on Barcelona issues - Hamilton | Raikkonen calm over championship position »
Ross Brawn is conscious that Mercedes has a lot of work to do, even if Monaco could be a strong race for the team © Sutton Images
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Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn admits he is wary of Mercedes struggling in races beyond the Monaco Grand Prix.

Next weekend's race in Monte Carlo provides Mercedes with some welcome respite from the tyre issues it suffered in both Bahrain and Spain. However, Brawn said the rest of the team away from the circuit would continue to work on the problems experience in the last two races, with Silverstone especially likely to provide Mercedes with a stern challenge.

"The engineering team will be focused on getting the most from our car on the slow, bumpy layout and there will of course be particular emphasis on achieving tyre consistency and durability," Brawn said. "Meanwhile, our work continues back at Brackley and Brixworth to fully understand the reasons for our below-par race performance in Barcelona, in order to develop the right solutions for the upcoming circuits where high tyre usage could once again be a limitation for us."

Brawn added that the focus in Monaco would be to allow Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to feel comfortable attacking the street circuit.

"Monaco is not usually a race to which teams bring many updates because the track conditions change so much across the weekend. The priority is always to get the drivers comfortable with the unique challenge the circuit presents and to give them a set-up they feel confident pushing to the limit. Both Nico and Lewis have historically been incredibly competitive in Monaco and this weekend will certainly allow their talent to shine."