Brawn: We can win next year
Ross Brawn sees no reason why Mercedes should not aim for race wins next season, despite Lewis Hamilton's pessimism about their chances of success.
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Much has already been made of Hamilton's decision to leave McLaren for the German manufacturer, especially since their performances have not come close to matching those of his former team.
The 2008 World Champion has already acknowledged that he might end 2013 winless having joined a constructor that might have earned its first win since returning to the sport in China earlier this year, but which has also struggled elsewhere.
In particular, Mercedes' performances tailed off towards the end of last season. Whilst acknowledging that his team have work to do, Brawn was nonetheless more upbeat when assessing the prospects of Hamilton and new team-mate Nico Rosberg.
"I think Lewis was just playing things down," he told The Sun.
"I'm sure, in his heart, he wants to win and set pole positions, but he understands the journey we must go on.
"We're working very hard to give him and Nico the opportunity to win and take pole positions. That's our ambition and our objective.
"It's obviously critical we improve from where we are. We're going to try, even if we don't hit all our objectives, [and] I'd like to think we can do a few of those things next year."
Brawn added that he is "very excited about the prospect of working with Lewis".
He said: "The team are very excited that we're still able to have a driver of that calibre. As we get a stronger car, obviously the drivers will become even more critical for us.
"It's going to be very interesting for all of us. I'm sure he'll be different to Michael (Schumacher)...."