• Turkish Grand Prix

Mercedes pin hopes on upgrades

ESPNF1 Staff
May 21, 2010 « McLaren 'back in its element' | »
Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher have high expectations © Sutton Images
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Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is hoping that some 'major upgrades' to his cars will help close the gap to the front runners in Turkey.

"We have some major and very challenging upgrades for the next few races which have been made possible by the commitment and hard work of everyone at the factory over the past weeks," said Brawn. "In Turkey, we will return to our previous suspension system and longer wheelbase car, we have the latest iteration of our 'F-duct' rear wing plus further aerodynamic developments.

"It's a long road ahead to achieve the level of competitiveness that we are aiming for but each race is a step along the way and I am confident that we will get there."

Michael Schumacher, whose competitive edge was apparent in Monaco, also hopes that the recent upgrades will give his fans something to cheer about.

"The Turkish fans have always been very kind to me therefore it will be a pleasure to be racing at Istanbul Park again in front of a crowd which will hopefully support us enthusiastically," said Schumacher. "From our side, we will obviously try to give them something to cheer about and we hope that we can make further progress in Turkey, after we have already seen some improvements in Barcelona and Monaco.

"I am definitely looking forward to the weekend, especially as our guys back at the factory have worked immensely hard recently to provide us again with an upgraded car. It is clear that we want their efforts to pay off."