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Mercedes Grand Prix: Sliding Down the Grid Rather Than Climbing It

Last year, Mercedes finished a solid, if unspectacular, fourth in the constructors championship. They would have wanted to be further up the grid, but for a first season in their comeback, it was a respectable effort. The 2011 season was meant to be the big step up for the team. Testing pace before the season was fairly poor with the car seeming off the pace once again. However, they placed a load of updates on the car and in the last session when Michael Schumacher went faster than anyone else. This performance at the final test gave hope to the team and the driver combination of Schumacher and Rosberg meant that they had an experienced driver lineup. Everything looked promising for the the start of the season with the team looking to...

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