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Brawn: We have started a new adventure

Sunday 15-April-2012 10:28

"Elated", "very special", "stunning" and "perfect" were all words used by Ross Brawn on Sunday after the team finally made it to the top step of the podium following Nico Rosberg's maiden win.

After battling to shake off their 2009 Championship hangover the past two seasons, Mercedes finally came good at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend as Rosberg first claimed the pole position on Saturday and then won the race a day later.

Although team principal Brawn has plenty of race victories behind his name following his successful stints with Brawn GP and Ferrari, he admits this win is very sweet following their struggles.

"I am elated, any race win is special but after a tough time to win a race like that is very special," he told BBC Sport.

"It was a super, super job from Nico. The engineers and drivers knew exactly what they had to do and they did it perfectly."

It could easily have been a 1-2 finish for Mercedes if Michael Schumacher's race didn't come to a premature halt after an error during his pit stop on lap 13. As soon as he exited the pits it became clear that his front right tyre was not properly attached and he was forced to retire.

Brawn admits it was a "tragedy" that Schumacher's race had to end in that fashion, but nevertheless feels it is the start of a "new adventure" for the Brackley-based squad.

"It was stunning, we still had the fear with the tyres but he used them perfectly," he added.

"It's just a tragedy that we had the problem with Michael because he would have been in great shape too. We have started a new adventure, I have been lucky to have a lot of special days and this is certainly a special one."

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