Nico Rosberg has called on Mercedes to improve reliability after he lost the championship lead due to retiring from the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton won at Marina Bay while Rosberg endured a nightmare race due to a steering column wiring loom failure. Having been unable to leave the grid for the formation lap, he then became stuck in neutral at his first stop and was forced to retire. After the race, Rosberg said he wants Mercedes to focus on reliability rather than performance for the last five races.

"It's clear that that is the point that we need to focus the most on because the performance is there," Rosberg said. "Again in the race today we were very strong, so it's just reliability which needs to be improved."

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Asked when he was aware there was a problem with his car, Rosberg replied: "As I got in the car in the garage.

"They'd sat in the car five times just before I got in doing all sorts of checks, everything was OK, then I get in the car and it didn't work anymore, which is crazy."

Rosberg also admitted it had been tough watching Hamilton win from the pit wall as he wanted to see Mercedes doing well as a team.

"I'm split in two. On the one side I'm pleased that even though one car stopped the team was able to win with the other car, and it means a lot to me when the team can have something to cheer for. A lot of the team had a good day and especially one half of the garage, and for the constructors' it's important that Red Bull didn't catch up too many points today. So it was important to win.

"That's one half and then the other half I'm just disappointed that I wasn't able to finish of course because I want to try to win."


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This is all a bit of a laugh really.
The only reason that Rosberg was leading the championship anyway was that Hamilton has suffered repeated and serious reliability problems whilst Rosberg has enjoyed a pretty smooth ride to date.