Sharpening up the Silver Arrow

Sharpening up the Silver Arrow

Ross Brawn's recent technical appointments suggests he is building Mercedes up to a full title tilt in the near feature. Jonathan Noble explains why it's more than feasable that F1's youngest champion could be battling its oldest active one for the title not long from now

For the teams, Formula 1 is a sport that operates on two different time levels. There is the 'here-and-now', where all that matters is getting the last ounce of downforce onto the car, and making sure that your driver is able to do his bit to deliver ever more before the chequered flag comes out.

And, while all that is going on out on track, behind the scenes the teams are spending a great deal of time planning for the future, ensuring that steps being taken now are going to deliver tangible progress when that 'here-and-now' eventually arrives further down the road.

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