Brawn: W03 is good basis for 2013 Mercedes 13 August, 2012 Aug.13 (GMM) Team boss Ross Brawn has claimed that the Mercedes AMG W03 car is good enough to be the basis for next year’s silver challenger. Although Nico Rosberg won April’s Chinese Grand Prix from pole, and Michael Schumacher set the fastest qualifying lap in Monaco, the W03 has otherwise delivered a mixed performance. The Brackley based team, world champions in 2009 as ‘Brawn GP’, is fifth in the constructors’ standings at present, 26 points ahead of Sauber and more than 80 behind Ferrari. But Brawn told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper that the 2012 car is not bad. “We’ve had some difficulties, but we have improved compared to last year. “And we have a good basis for designing next year’s car, when the regulations will be essentially the same as this season,” he added. “So we are going to continue to develop the current car because that knowledge can be passed on to 2013,” said Brawn. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsHamilton: I will make sure I am stronger than NicoMercedes stubborn over calls for F1 engine unfreezeMercedes oppose call to free up F1 engine developmentMercedes working hard on 2015 car says WolffMercedes celebrate with all staff at Brackley HQHamilton styles it with one kilo gold chainMercedes gifting title ‘bonus’ to staff and F1 worldMercedes braced for a thrilling season finaleWolff: We’re suddenly bad guys because we adhere to rulesHamilton: I dedicate Russian GP victory to Jules seb sure. now get to work and make the win come true. BuddyBenny Well you can’t blame him. 2013 is the last year for those regulations so it would be next to impossible to redesign a new car that could challenge the top teams. Unfortunately the car stinks, so good luck to them.