Ross Brawn believes Mercedes are “within striking distance” of the championship leaders.
He expects to cut their deficit with an upgrade package at next week’s European Grand Prix:
Looking ahead to Valencia, the circuit is similar to Montreal in many ways with long straights connected by slow corners which should suit our car. We have an upgrade package which will be another good step in our development towards competing at the front of the field.
With the new points system this year, we are still within striking distance of the Championship leaders and we will continue with our efforts to become more competitive.
We have a number of the basics right and the difference between winning and losing is small. We need to close that difference.
Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, will be driving on the Valencia Street Track for the first time:
Valencia is a track which I have never raced on before so it will be another new experience for me but one which I am very much looking forward to.
I always have been quite good in adapting quickly to new situations and I strongly expect that to be the case in Valencia. I like going into new experiences like this and having detailed discussions with my engineers about the challenge.
Schumacher almost made his F1 comeback for Ferrari at the venue last year following Felipe Massa’s crash at the Hungaroring.