Mercedes boss Ross Brawn believes his team is capable of winning the 2013 World Championship, despite struggling with tires at the beginning of the season.
"I don't see why not," Brawn told adamcooperf1.com when asked if his team is capable of winning the title this year.
"Red Bull last year had a great middle of the season. We've got two drivers on top form, the team is really gelling now, and why not? We're certainly going to try.
"Getting back to racing was just great, and getting back to racing with the result we had is obviously very special. It was partly frustrating because Lewis had a great weekend, just one event took it away from him, but that can happen. We're greatly encouraged for the rest of the season."
Despite Rosberg's victory and Hamilton's recovery, Brawn acknowledged that it is impossible to predict what would have happened if Sebastian Vettel didn't have reliability issues and Hamilton didn't suffer a tyre blow-up while leading the race.
"We were keeping in touch, Nico managed to keep in touch the whole time. Lewis had got the gap we'd asked him to get, and he was holding that. It would have been close. I think we were competitive."
Nevertheless, Brawn admitted that it remains to be seen how the Silver Arrows fare on the Pirelli tyres to be used in Germany, Hungary and beyond.
"I think we've got to look at the information. They were fairly conservative compounds, so how we'll fare on some more delicate compounds is still to be proven. But there were some encouraging signs," he continued.
"I think the key thing is that we all put to one side any competitive considerations we've got. We've demonstrated that in these circumstances we can be competitive, and if the solution is to make some changes to the tires, then we'll accept it.
"I think the reversion to 2012 spec that Pirelli wanted to do earlier in the year that was blocked by some teams, I'm not saying that is the solution, but whatever the solution is F1 has got to come together and accept that we've got to do what's right for the sport. We don't want a repeat of Silverstone."
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