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Zetsche not happy but with 'staying power' for F1

(GMM) Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche is not happy with the German marque's works F1 team, he admitted on Saturday.

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg enjoyed top engine horsepower and straight-line speed at Monza on Saturday, but still could line up on the Monza grid just eighth and ninth.

It summed up a second season of unsatisfactory performance by the Brackley based team since the Brawn GP takeover, Zetsche suggested to Automotive News Europe.

"Things are not going satisfactorily for the second season with the new team," said the Daimler chief. "The hoped-for improvements have not been realized. But you can't force it."

Mercedes GP is now fully focused on its 2012 car, and Zetsche said the target is to win rather than simply to benefit from "a presence" on the F1 grid.

"Formula one has a huge presence, especially in all the important growth markets. It's clear that a presence alone doesn't go far enough but has to be demonstrated positively, with cars capable of winning.

"We have staying power," he concluded.
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The Daimler Benz board has realized that to operate at the level of other top teams, they need to increase and improve staff to the level of Red Bull, McLaren, and Ferrari.
With on gardening leave ex Ferrari guys Aldo Costa, and Schumi's former race engineer Chris Dryer rumored to be on the way to Mercedes, plus all the additional man / brainpower the team is hiring, things should look up for 2012.
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Michael Schumacher showed today in Monza that he still "has it"...All he needs is an improved car. The British commentators were in favour of a penalty for Michael's defensive driving, but they never had any problems with Hamilton's over-agressive style in previous races. An excellent race today. Nice to see Jensen Button on the podium again.
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Michael drove a good race, and got lucky only because the race director didn't mention it to the stewards. The FIA 'asked' him to be careful though....
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