Mercedes confident of big step forward

Mercedes GP believes it is still on course to deliver the step forward in performance it needs to get Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher fighting for the world title later in the year

Mercedes confident of big step forward

The team admitted in the build-up to the season that it would not start the year battling at the front of the field - but was optimistic its development push would allow it to join the world championship battle later in the year.

And although the team has failed to finish on the podium in the first two races, Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug says the team's ambitions for the 2010 campaign have not changed at all.

When asked if he felt the team was on course with its pre-season target, he said: "Yes. But why should I sit here and say no, we shall not fight for the title?

"That is our aim, that is our target. Hopefully we can make a big step, and the team is composed and working professionally together.

"I am not the loudspeaker here saying we are going to win the world title but of course, we want as many race wins, as many podiums and as many points as possible. Then hopefully we are in the hunt.

"Ask our competitors about it. I would be surprised if lots of them would say forget them [Mercedes GP], they are not good enough, they are not coming. They pay respect, like I do with the competitors."

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