Brawn: Hard to judge Mercedes F1 form
Team boss Ross Brawn says that Mercedes learned little about its current form on the Pirelli tires in Canada, given the unusual nature of the track.
Although Lewis Hamilton ultimately lost second place to Fernando Alonso, the Briton nevertheless had a strong race to third, following a strong opening stint.
“It is difficult to judge,” Brawn told SPEED.com. “Montreal is a track where you can easily moderate the stress on the tire, because it’s down to wheelspin. It’s down to how you use the throttle. There aren’t any massive loadings in corners. So it’s a little bit too early to judge.”
Nevertheless, Brawn says that Canada was a good weekend for Mercedes.
“I think it was a pretty reasonable race, to be honest, from where we were. If we look at our performance on Friday, it didn’t look great, so it was a pretty reasonable race from there.
“Clearly, we have to find a bit more pace if we want to be a real contender, but it’s somewhat of a step from where we were last year. Overall it was a pretty good job by the team during quite a challenging weekend.”
Regarding Hamilton’s apparent resurgence, he said: “They go up and down; it’s inevitable. It was a Lewis up weekend and maybe a Nico (Rosberg) down weekend. We can’t complain about third and fifth.”