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GP Week : Issue 53
> F1NEWS> Brawn aiming to regain advantage CHAMPIONSHIP leaders BrawnGP are aiming for an improved weekend at the German Grand Prix, after enduring a British Grand Prix in which their major 2009 rivals Red Bull Racing made a huge step forward in performance terms, easing to a dominant victory. Team Principal Ross Brawn is confident that new parts will help to take the team back ahead of its rivals. “We have several new aerodynamic parts from Silverstone which were not used in qualifying and the race due to the issues that we faced there, along with additional improvements scheduled for the Nurburgring, which should position us well going into the weekend,”he said. “We have always said that we would have a fight on our hands to maintain our excellent run of results at the start of the season and everyone at the factory and at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth is looking forward to that challenge. “As a team, we have a good history of going away from a race, thinking about the outcome, identifying where we need to make improvements and then coming back stronger. As the home Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz, we will be hoping to come away from the race in Germany next weekend with a successful result.” BMW, too, is hoping for a marked improvement in performance at their home event after suffering a deeply disappointing first half of their 2009 season. “After three successful years, this recent period has been the first set-back for our team – and is one we will overcome,” said Director of BMW Motorsport Mario Thiessen. “We are all absolutely determined to start moving forwards again and I expect us to experience an upturn in form. It is certainly not easy to make up lost ground without the chance to do any testing, but that is what we’re aiming to do. We are bringing a series of mechanical improvements to the Eifel mountains, as well as a further developed version of our double-decker diffuser.”