After a disappointing start to the 2010 Formula One series, Ross Brawn is confident the Mercedes team are getting to grips with their tyres problems and heading in the right direction.
Brawn admitted they still weren’t using the tyres properly in Barcelona, but hopes they have turned a corner after implementing a number of changes at the beginning of the European season.
Although the team still struggled in Spain, Brawn is optimistic that a better performance in Monaco last weekend has given them fresh hope that their upgrade package will reap benefits.
Brawn said: “I think we saw more of the potential of the Barcelona package.”
He admitted that tyre use was the primary reason why the team had struggled in Spain, but having suffered no such ill effects in Monaco he is feeling confident heading to Turkey.
“Obviously we weren’t in great shape in Barcelona, and we weren’t using the tyres properly,” Brawn explained.
“They are quite subtle in how you use them and in Barcelona we couldn’t make them work properly.
“In Monaco we seemed to be getting the tyres working, so we’ve perhaps made a bit of a step change in our performance.
“It’s all about getting the tyres to work properly, so if we can do that in Istanbul…”
“My feeling is we’re not there yet, but I think we’ve made some progress,” he concluded.