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. Related NewsBelgian Grand Prix: Mercedes preview SpaHamilton: Racing Rosberg is a bit like playing pokerWolff: We owe it to everyone to let Nico and Lewis raceJalinier: Renault and Ferrari out-spent by MercedesRivals will copy Mercedes V6 turbo engine claims SzafnauerAldo Costa: I am happy where I am at MercedesZetsche: At Mercedes there are no team ordersWolff slams negativity surrounding F1Mercedes retains contract with SchumacherWolff spending summer break in hospital 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.