Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe feels his team let Nico Rosberg down at Monza but says there is still a long way to go in the Formula 1 title race which means the German still has opportunities to hunt down team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The German manufacturer suffered its first retirement of any kind when Rosberg's older power unit expired two laps from the end of the Italian Grand Prix. As a result, the 30-year-old trails his Mercedes team-mate by 53 points heading into the fly-away rounds and Lowe admits the team were to blame for Rosberg's misery.
“We came away from Monza with mixed feelings,” Lowe said. “It was a great performance and a fantastic victory from Lewis to achieve the Grand Chelem. But, on the other side of the garage, we let Nico down on two occasions with a pair of mechanical failures which unfortunately nullified a great recovery drive that should have brought at least a third-place finish.”
Looking ahead to Singapore, Lowe also says Mercedes will seek a return to perfection and provide Rosberg with the tools for a fair fight with Hamilton.
Despite Rosberg's DNF in Italy Mercedes still holds a mammoth 181-point advantage over second-place Ferrari in the F1 World Constructors championship and look set to defend its title potentially within the next three races.
“Now, we re-group and move on to Singapore,” he added. “The season is far from over and things can change very quickly - so the target is a strong result with both cars there.
"It's a challenging race - particularly on the brakes. The circuit sees a large number of braking events, with low average speed around the lap reducing cooling opportunities. The layout makes overtaking a difficult task, often resulting in action-packed races, with unsuccessful passing attempts leaving debris on the track and resulting in frequent safety car appearances.”