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Mercedes looking to strike again in Monza

The Brackley based team is going to use a refined version of the low-drag package introduced at Spa.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3rd, 2013 (F1plus).- The german team arrives in high spirits to the Italian Grand Prix to be held in Monza.

While they could not fight for victory at Spa-Francorchamps, the third and fourth places of Hamilton and Rosberg, confirms them in second place in the constructors' championship.

Nico Rosberg says Monza is one of his favorite races and loves the high speed design of the Italian track.

“The last European race of the season always has a special atmosphere and the Italian fans are so passionate about Formula One”, said Nico to the official website of the team.

“It's really cool for me that I speak Italian and can communicate easily with the fans in and around the circuit”, he added.

“To go to Monza with the feeling that we have a quick car is fantastic and I hope we will achieve another strong team result as we did in Belgium. We have to keep pushing now and I know everyone is working really hard at the factories to do just that”, he concluded.

For Lewis Hamilton, who achieved the last victory in Monza driving for McLaren, the Italian circuit is a special track that feels like going back to Formula One roots.

“The car has a completely different aerodynamic package to anywhere else on the calendar with really low downforce to make the most of the four long straights”, said Lewis.

“My win in Italy last year was the first of my career at this circuit and it was a great feeling”, added the English driver.

“We had a strong weekend in Belgium with a good team result and that's what we need to keeping doing in the second half of the season”, Hamilton concluded.

Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal, also loves the Italian Grand Prix and its special atmosphere.

“From an engineering perspective, Monza is unique and requires a special low-downforce aerodynamic package to make the most of the high-speed layout which also places great importance on the strength of the engine on the long straights”, declared Brawn to the team’s website.

“I was very pleased with the team's performance in Belgium and the consolidation of our current position of second place in the Constructors' Championship”, the Englishman added.

“We weren't quite in the position to fight for the win but we will keep pushing hard to close that gap and keep fighting”, recognized Brawn.

Finally, the Executive Director, Toto Wolff, says he’s very happy with both drivers and considers them the best line-up in Formula One.

“We scored a good team result at the last race in Belgium, with third and fourth places, and that underlined one of the team's strengths this year: our drivers”, said Wolff.

“Their combination of speed and consistency has taken Mercedes to second place in the Constructors' Championship and our clear target is to consolidate this position over the coming races”, he added.

“We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned over the race weekend in Belgium”, concluded Wolff. 

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