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Brawn predicts strong finish for Silver Arrows

Brawn: hopes to build on momentum

Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is predicting a strong finish for the Brackley-based Formula One team.

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position in the last F1 race before the summer break.

Seven pole positions in the last eight grands prix and three wins in the last five have made Mercedes the main challengers to Milton Keynes-based Red Bull.

"The first half of this season can be split into two halves again - the first five races and the second five races," Brawn told the team's YouTube channel.

"I'm very pleased particularly with the second five races because we have started to pick up some momentum, pick up some strength."

Mixed fortunes for Mercedes in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton had gearbox problems in Bahrain Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg will be on pole for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix in his Mercedes.

It's the first time the Brackley based team has had back-to-back pole positions since their return to Formula One at the start of 2010.

Rosberg pipped reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull and Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari.

His Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest, but will start ninth on the grid after being handed a five-place penalty after his gearbox broke and his mechanics had to fit a new one.

Hamilton crashes new Mercedes at Jerez

Mercedes F1 at Jerez Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's first day behind the wheel of his Mercedes F1 car built at Brackley in Northamptonshire resulted in a crash into a tyre barrier. It was on the second day of testing at the Spanish Circuito de Jerez this morning.

The 28-year-old from Stevenage locked up into turn six and ploughed through a gravel trap into the tyre barrier. It's thought a fault in the front suspension caused the crash.

Yesterday Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg ground to a halt after just 14 laps when an electrical fault led to a fire in the rear of the new Mercedes.

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