Mercedes “back to Bahrain and Barcelona” admits Rosberg
The German was downbeat after the race and shared his thoughts on the ninth round of the season in a video blog posted on his official YouTube channel. He started off by saying: “From the highs of recent weeks to rock bottom again. I thought those times were behind us, but we are straight back into them unfortunately. It really reminded me of those races early on in the year like Bahrain and Barcelona just sliding everywhere with the tyres overheating.”
He admitted that he was “hoping to fight through the field” after a poor qualifying. Rosberg said it was a “mistake for the team, judging it wrong” which put them out of sequence as they “had the pace to be at the front.” The Brackley based squad misjudged the cut-off time for Q3 as the track evolved and improved. With Rosberg sitting in the pits, he could do nothing but see his name slide down the results page.
The 28-year-old said it was a “long day” but that the final stint was “a bit enjoyable,” adding: “We put the option tyres on, less fuel and the tyres held on better with less fuel. I did some nice overtaking moves that was okay. Two points, better than nothing at least but a weekend to forget at my home grand prix.”
He also cited that the updated 2013 tyres could be to blame for Mercedes losing their way. “We need to re-analyse and re-think about it, he said before continuing to say: “Although again in Hungary it will be different tyres so tricky times but it is also an opportunity, so we need to make the most of it.”
Team-mate Lewis Hamilton also struggled with tyre wear mid-way through the race and finished in fifth place.
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