Mercedes GP is not ready to abandon efforts to improve this year's car in a bid to get a head start with its 2011 model.
Although the outfit has fallen away from pacesetters Red Bull Racing and McLaren in recent races, team principal Ross Brawn believes that it is still worth making the effort to try and close the gap in the next few races. His comments came after Michael Schumacher hinted that he believed his title challenge for this year was all but over after admitting that his focus had begun shifting to 2011.
When asked whether the team was concentrating on this year or next, Brawn said: "Both at the moment. I think everybody is looking at next year's car now, all the teams, but we still have some pretty important things we want to do with this car over the next few races.
"Then we will have to reflect on the position for the second half of the season. We are not holding back on this car, for sure."