Brawn: We have the strongest driver line-up in Formula 1

lt Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 with the new Mercedes AMG F1 W04. Mercedes AMG F1 W04 Launch, Jerez, Spain, Monday 4 February 2013.

Ross Brawn with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn is calling this the second era for the Silver Arrows team with Lewis Hamilton moving in to replace Michael Schumacher, alongside Nico Rosberg. The veteran team boss believes that they now have the best driver line-up in Formula One.

Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal with Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1. Mercedes AMG F1 W04 Launch, Jerez, Spain, Monday 4 February 2013.

Ross Brawn with Toto Wolff during the launch of the Mercedes AMG F1 W04

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the team’s 2013 challenger Brawn commented, “2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team. The restructuring [measures] we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity.”

“This is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor. Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season,” revelaed the team boss who last won a world title with his eponymous team – Brawn GP – back in 2009.

Perhaps the biggest coup the team have have achieved thus far is prying Hamilton from McLaren, Brawn said, “We are also hugely proud to welcome Lewis to the team as a works Mercedes-Benz driver. With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in F1 and I know that a healthy level of competition between them both will help drive the team forward.”

Rosberg and Hamilton were team mates in the junior ranks and are known to be friends, the two living in the same luxury apartment block in Monaco.(GP247)

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