March 20th, 2012 (F1plus / Andrés Rojas).- here is no doubt on the mind of the Mercedes team that the F1W03 is capable of much more despite leaving Melbourne with no points.
At the Australian Grand Prix Schumacher was running sixth when he had to retired because a problem with his gearbox and then Rosberg was not able to manage tyre degradation enough to hold his point position and finished in 12th after Maldonado's incident became a party for everyone left on the track.
"I am flying to Malaysia with a big sense of anticipation, because we saw in Australia that our car is capable of putting us in the mix." Schumacher said.
Mercedes Motorsport Vice-President, Nobert Haug, coined the impressions over the race and the prospects: "Despite a positive start, our first race weekend of the season in Australia did not turn out as we would have wished, and there has been, and will continue to be, a lot of hard work done before we take to the track again in Malaysia. We have a fundamentally good car, now it is up to us to optimize its performance and achieve its potential on track.”
The team concluded that the car was evidently a fast one, and there is still more room for potential. Albert Park is a different type of track when compared t the norm. Sepang, which is a Herman Tilke creation, resembles more the majority of the tracks on the schedule.
To this point the seven times champion added: "Of course, we haven’t forgotten that the circuit in Melbourne is not really representative of the true competitive picture, but nevertheless the car gives me a good feeling for the season ahead.
Sepang will be interesting for everybody because it will be the first clue to the real relative strengths of all the cars. The range of slow and fast corners give a good indication of where you are, which always makes the race in Malaysia fun for the drivers and engineers, and overall a big challenge for both man and machine. I’m looking forward to it.”
Malaysia is a physical challenge for the teams. "The circuit has two long straights which should suit us this year, and the conditions will be very demanding as always due to the high heat and humidity." Rosberg said.
Optimism is on the on the air, and when that feeling is ventilated by the -always stoic- team boss, Ross Brawn, interesting things could be expected.
"We have a fundamentally good car, now it is up to us to optimize its performance and achieve its potential on track.” Brawn said.