Mercedes won't rush Schumacher decision

By on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Photo credit: Mercedes AMG F1

Ross Brawn has said that Mercedes will not rush into a decision regarding Michael Schumacher's future in Formula One.

The German's contract expires at the end of 2012, but Brawn insists that it is an important issue that will be decided methodically.

"We won’t be rushed on the decision and when the time is appropriate we will announce what we are going to do", Brawn told the Official F1 website.

"I don’t want to increase speculation by commenting on where we are."

Brawn expressed satisfaction with Mercedes winning a race, but not with the season as a whole.

"I think we are pleased with some of the achievements this year. We’ve won a race and had some strong podiums, and we’ve scored more points than we’d done this time last year", said Brawn. "But, of course, we also feel that we are not quite where we want to be in terms of consistent competitiveness. We are still working on strengthening the team, strengthening the designs to be more competitive in the future."

Brawn also acknowledged Sauber targeting Mercedes's fifth place in the championship, but insisted that his team will be able to kick on in the second half of 2012.

"I am sure they [Sauber] do focus on P5 - and I respect that. We haven’t got the car quite as we wanted right now, but we have a very good team - very good people - so I am optimistic that we are going to have a stronger second half to the season than the first half."

Despite an 83 point deficit to fourth placed Ferrari, Brawn stressed that the season is far from finished.

"I want to do better. P5 is not our ambition and we will do anything possible to end better. There are still a lot of races to come with many more points to be won."

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