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Rosberg thwarted by tyres and technical issue

Nico Rosberg fell foul of tyre management issues and also suffered a technical issue during the Spanish Grand Prix that ended up costing him two positions by the end.
Nico Rosberg had a frustrating end to his Spanish Grand Prix, conceding two positions to Kamui Kobayashi and Sebastian Vettel in the closing minutes and only just holding off Lewis Hamilton in a last corner lunge to the finish line.

"That was a difficult day for us and a very strange race. We didn't manage to find the right tyre management," he admitted. "I lost two positions towards the end of the race on my last stint which was 26 very long laps.

"The one positive thing is that I was able to defend my position against Lewis and keep seventh place, rather than eighth," he added.

"We didn't have the basic pace we needed this afternoon," admitted technical director Bob Bell, subbing for an unwell Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn in Barcelona this weekend. "The team did a good job on the stops and I believe we made the right tactical decisions to protect Nico's position at critical moments of the race, even though he ultimately ran out of grip in the closing laps on a long final stint."

Bell went on to reveal that there was a deeper problem at the Circuit de Catalunya than just routine tyre wear involved.

"We were hampered further with an issue on Nico's car," he said. "There was a clear loss of downforce measurable on the data, which made it even more difficult for Nico to look after the tyres properly, but whether this was down to damage or another factor is something we will have to investigate this evening.

"We spent our afternoon racing hard with Red Bull and McLaren - but it was only for places in the bottom half of the top ten today," summed up Bell. "The basic fact is that we needed more pace today, which is what we must bring over the coming races - and we will."

His words were echoed by Norbert Haug, the head of Mercede-Benz Motorsport, who admitted that: "We have to raise our game in the next race.

During the remainder of the season and I am sure that all our team members will work very hard to make the next steps and to achieve a better level of performance than we had today," he added.




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Manxie - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 9:08 AM

I'm still struggling to understand how Merc keeps moving backwards during race day. They looked promising in China, well NR won and MS qualified well, but the other 4 races they don't ever look like moving forward, ever. They have this unique DRS for the front wing and yet fail to really establish themselves on the grid. 2012 looks very much like a repeat of 2011 except the unusual and surprising win @ China. What is going on? When will these issues be resolved Ross and Norbert?

Amigo - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 8:37 AM

Kamui Kobayashi drove superbly for his low budget Sauber car to beat big budget team and Manufacture teams in Spain GP. Kamui was held back by Nico Rosberg and Button car for most of the race. If Kamui has faster car like Mclaren or Mercedes car and then he can win the race. I have noticed from the last year Kamui has make very rare mistake and he scores most of the points for his team. I hope one day he will land on big team if he was released from Sauber.



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