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A profile of the Mercedes Formula 1 team

Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn's Mercedes are targeting podium finishes in their third season in F1


"Mercedes have under performed in the two years since they took over the Brawn team.

"The car has struggled to match the top three - Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari - but has been comfortably ahead of the other midfield teams.

"Admittedly, the team has undergone a restructure, with former Honda and Ferrari technical directors Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa joining technical chief Bob Bell's team.

"Now we might be beginning to see the benefit of that combination and I can see them getting podiums.

"Race wins might be out of the question but Michael Schumacher says the car feels more competitive, so it looks to be a step forward.

"Will Michael do another year for them? Well we know the team have said to him that he needs to prove that he is the right man for them. I think that was the right thing to say as it should drive him on."


What is F1's biggest challenge?

F1's biggest challenge is to stay relevant for all of our stakeholders, our fans and the media. We have to ensure that the sport is shaped for the future by making it highly entertaining, economically viable for the manufacturers and teams, and with as much relevance as possible for our society on a wider scale.

Does F1 need road-car manufacturers?

I believe it does. Manufacturers of the calibre of Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari have been the core of F1 for many years and along with the other manufacturers who are currently involved or have been involved in the past, they add to the strength of F1 and are a great asset to the sport.

Nationality: German
Headquarters: Brackley (UK)
Debut season: 2010 (previously raced in 1954/55)
Test/reserve driver: -
Team principal: Ross Brawn
Technical director: Bob Bell
Engine: Mercedes-Benz V8
2011 position: 4th
Constructors' titles: 0

The best piece of advice I've ever given a driver is…

... go fast, don't crash! It's the best way to get across the finish line.

The best piece of advice I've received is…

... treat others as you want to be treated yourself. That's what my father always told me.

What kind of team boss are you - hairdryer treatment or arm around the shoulder?

Arm around the shoulder.

Wheeler-dealer or techie?

Both! I'm a wheeler-dealer techie. You have to be both when you are in a senior position in an F1 team. You have to find compromises and concessions.

What was your first paid job?

I was a labourer on a building site during my summer holidays at school.

What time do you set your alarm clock for?

6.15am when I'm at home.

Map showing UK location of Mercedes

Team Mercedes GP 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 0 0
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 2 2
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 14 16
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 10 26
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 14 40
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 0 40
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 12 52
European GP 26 Jun 2011 6 58
British GP 10 Jul 2011 10 68
German GP 24 Jul 2011 10 78
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 2 80
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 18 98
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 10 108
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 6 114
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 9 123
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 4 127
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 18 145
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 14 159
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 6 165

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Constructors' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Team Points
1 Mercedes 765
2 Red Bull 468
3 Ferrari 398
4 Force India 173
5 Williams 138
6 McLaren 76
7 Toro Rosso 63
8 Haas F1 29
9 Lotus 8
10 Sauber 2

see also
Brawn's F1 history
12 Mar 09 |  Formula 1

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