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Consistency is Mercedes' priority - Brawn
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says his team needs to improve the consistency of its car's performance at all venues and that the Hungaroring exposed one of the W03's main problem areas.
Mercedes has picked up just 14 points at the last three rounds, which is less than half of all the team's above it in the constructors' championship managed in the same period and less than Sauber one place below it. After disappointing performances in Britain and Germany, both Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg failed to qualify in the top ten in Hungary, with Rosberg picking up just one point for finishing tenth in the race.
"Obviously our car is suited to certain tracks and what we have to do is to create a car that's competitive on all circuits. That's our priority," Brawn said. "There's a massive amount of work going on to improve that situation. Occasionally you get a team that dominates on all tracks all year, we've been fortunate enough to be there, but more often than not there are ups and downs, particularly ups and downs for how well you use the tyres at different tracks.
"It's something that we're addressing and we intend to have a broader range of usage on the car. It would appear the consistent balance in the long corners is not good and that's something we've got to go away from here and think about and find solutions."
Prior to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend Mercedes has been tipped for success because the track is thought to be similar in style to Monaco where Michael Schumacher topped the times in qualifying. But Brawn said both drivers were complaining of a lack of balance in the Hungaroring's long 180 degree corners, which was taking a big toll on their lap times.
"Someone asked me why we are not competitive here [in Hungary] and we were competitive in Monaco, but they are completely different circuits," Brawn explained. "If you look at the long consistent corners we have here they are completely different to what we have in Monaco in any shape or form."