Norbert Haug said he would not be surprised if Brawn GP continue their good form into the 2009 world championship.

Norbert Haug said he would not be surprised if Brawn GP continue their good form into the 2009 world championship.

Despite the uncertainty about the former Honda team's survival this winter, team figures remained bullish about their 2009 car.

With a customer Mercedes engine, the BGP001 - originally intended to be the Honda-powered RA109 - has now finally appeared at test tracks, and at Barcelona on Monday it was the fourth quickest of the entire field of 2009 cars.

Haug, in charge of Mercedes' motor racing programmes, said: "I believe the people around Ross Brawn and Nick Fry have carried out good work.

"All the conditions to build a competitive car remained. Ross knows how to develop a team to a competitive state, which he has proved often enough," the German added.

 

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