Toto Wolff says Mercedes will take its surprise slump in performance at the Singapore Grand Prix seriously, but insists it is not going to 'panic' in the search for answers.

Mercedes' lacklustre performance in Singapore saw it struggle to get on terms with Ferrari and Red Bull, with Nico Rosberg finishing a distant fourth and Lewis Hamilton retiring with technical issues.

With a swing in performance of around two seconds per lap when measured against its rivals, Mercedes say the severity of the drop arguably indicates that the issue is specific with the tyres around the demanding Marina Bay Circuit and not a fundamental trait of the car.

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With this in mind, Wolff says Mercedes will remain calm when evaluating why the slump occurred since he expects the team to be back to its best in Suzuka, where the Japanese Grand Prix will take place later this week.

"You cannot write it off and say that was a one-off, but on the other hand you can't say we are terrified by this because then you are going to panic mode and that would be completely inappropriate and wrong.

"It's just about analysing it and we believe it is a circuit-specific problem on the tyres where we didn't manage to get the grip and this is how you can explain this gap. We hope to prove that in Suzuka unless we have very heavy rain coming again.

"I don't believe we are losing car performance from one weekend to another in the dramatic way that we did and I also don't believe somebody found a second and half from one weekend to another. It's the tyre and we have spoken to the drivers and the degradation is just massive and unexplainable for us."