Ross Brawn admits struggles

Mercedes team principle Ross Brawn at the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 11, 2010
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Ross Brawn admits that Mercedes did not anticipate the struggles that they faced in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has admitted that he did not anticipate the struggles that the team faced in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg could only secure ninth position despite entering the race on pole, while British drive Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after struggling in the early stages.

"To be honest, we didn't anticipate quite such difficulty. It was worse than we expected," he told AutoSport.

"We knew before we went there that if we could get on top of things there, it would be a pretty encouraging sign.

"But I think we're not far off because in the second half of the race when it cooled down a little bit, Lewis was able to pick the ball up and run with it again. He had certainly struggled in the first half of the race."

Sebastian Vettel triumphed last weekend.

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1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
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10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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