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Wins the target in 2013 - Brawn

ESPN Staff
December 4, 2012 « Ferrari has lost patience with testing ban | McLaren buoyed by end to 2012 »
Ross Brawn says Mercedes is "very excited" to work with Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images
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Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says the team is targeting victories with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg next season.

After Rosberg won in China and was second in Monaco, Mercedes' gradually became less competitive as 2012 went on and Michael Schumacher's seventh place in Brazil brought to an end a five-race scoreless run. However, while Hamilton has been bracing himself for a tough campaign next season, Brawn says the aim is to challenge for victories throughout the year.

"Obviously we're working very hard to give both him and Nico the opportunity to win and take pole positions," Brawn is quoted by Autosport. "That's our ambition, our objective. It's obviously critical we improve from where we are. We're going to try [even] if we don't hit all our objectives next year. You never know what other people will do.

"I'd like to think we can do a few things of those things next year. I think Lewis was just playing things down. I'm sure in his heart he wants to win and set pole positions, but he understands the journey we've got to go on."

With Schumacher retiring, Brawn said Hamilton's arrival would provide a welcome boost to Mercedes.

"We're very excited about the prospect of working with Lewis. It's going to be very interesting for all of us. I'm sure he'll be different to Michael. The team are very excited that we're still able to have a driver of that calibre. As we get a stronger car, obviously the drivers will become even more critical for us."