According to reports, Mercedes are anxiously waiting for the chance to try out improvements and preparations they’ve made with their cars, in response to their dismal performance at last year’s Singapore Grand Prix. After enduring what was their worst performance of recent years, the team set out to address issues, especially with their tires.
After studying the culprit of the problems they encountered in 2015, Mercedes is sure that they’ve pinpointed a solution. The only problem is, they haven’t tried it out, yet, not at the Marina Bay Circuit, at the very least. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff even made it clear that their loss at Singapore should and could not be attributed to just one factor alone.
“In Singapore we are going to check whether our assumptions were right. There is not one thing that went wrong,” shared Wolff. “Many things went together, which is why I am excited and curious to see how Singapore is going to work.”
Mercedes not playing ‘blame game’ in last year’s Singapore Grand Prix loss
Wolff has also avoided putting the brunt of their poor performance on specific members of his team saying, “You can play the blame game and say the engine is not good enough. But if your car is draggy and has a rake like you are doing a handstand, then you cannot expect to go fast on the straights.”
Driver Nico Rosberg emphasized how he and the rest of the Mercedes team cannot enter the Singapore Grand Prix with their hair down and suffer another embarrassment at Marina Bay.
“We cannot go there with too much confidence because we were miles off last year,” stated the German racer. “In qualifying I think we were 1.8 seconds off the pace, if I am not mistaken. That is huge. It was our most difficult race ever, probably, in the last years, so it will be a very, very challenging race for us. But 1.8 seconds? It is not going to be easy to improve.”
Will their improvements work? See for yourself and catch the Singapore Grand Prix from September 16-18, 2016.
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