Mercedes AMG Petronas heads to the third round of the 2013 Formula One World Championship in a confident mood after a strong showing last time out in Malaysia.
Lewis Hamilton led Nico Rosberg home to third and fourth places respectively. This meant the team scored the most points from a single race since re-entering Formula One as a works team at the start of 2010.
Both Hamilton and Rosberg have a good track record at Shanghai, with the former denying Sebastian Vettel in a closely fought encounter in 2011, and the latter taking his first ever pole position and victory last year.
“I travel to China next week with very good memories from winning my first Formula One race in Shanghai last year, and having led the race there for the past three years. I enjoy the Shanghai track a great deal and I have a positive feeling going there with the car that we have at the moment,” Nico said.
“The team have been working very hard to develop our car since returning from Malaysia and I will be at the factory on Monday to complete my preparations in the simulator for the next two races. We’ve had a strong start to the season and I’m confident that we can keep pushing and hopefully score some good results in China and Bahrain.”
“I’m looking forward to getting to China next week and going racing again; it feels like a long time since Malaysia! My first two races with my new team have been a great experience and everyone has made me feel so welcome,” Hamilton added.
“We’ve had a better start than we expected and to have finished in fifth and third places so far is really positive. I know there is much more to come so we will keep working hard and pushing the development of the car. I’ll be at the factory this weekend and look forward to hearing about the work that’s gone on in the last couple of weeks and the upgrades that we will take to China.”
“The Chinese Grand Prix of course holds great memories following the first win for Nico and our Silver Arrows team in Shanghai last year. That win was an extremely proud occasion for us all and certainly one that we hope to emulate in the future. Our season has started well, perhaps better than we expected, however we’re fully aware that there is still a gap to close and that we must keep up the pace of development. A lot of hard work has taken place at our factories over the last two weeks to do just that and I look forward to seeing how that translates to track performance,” team boss Ross Brawn concluded.