Mercedes are hopeful that the Malaysian Grand Prix will kick-start their 2011 season after making a stuttering start in Australia two weeks ago.
In Melbourne Michael Schumacher retired early on with mechanical failure and Nico Rosberg’s race was cut short after Rubens Barrichello ploughed into the side of his car.
But the team are hopeful that Malaysia will bring about a change of fortune for the team, who twice topped the timesheets at the final pre-season test in Barcelona last month.
“There is absolutely no doubt we want to do better than in the opening race, which was a disappointment for all of us,” said seven-time World Champion Schumacher.
“We clearly see that as a challenge and it is much too early to write us off. Everybody in the team remains positive and is in a fighting mood. So I expect a better weekend for us to come; a weekend we can build on.”
Rosberg echoed his team-mates positivity and said he expects Mercedes to be more competitive at one of his favourite tracks.
“We can surprise people this Sunday. We know that the car is fast from the last test in Barcelona, so now we have to work on proving that potential,” he said.
The 2011 season is Mercedes second full season as an independent manufacturer after taking over Brawn GP in the winter of 2009.