Mercedes has confirmed that it has solved the gearbox issue that forced Nico Rosberg out of the British Grand Prix.
Rosberg, who started on pole, had been leading the race when he slowed with a gearbox issue on lap 28, forcing him into retirement and handing his team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton the lead and eventual win, cutting his lead at the top of the drivers championship to just four points.
However, Mercedes has confirmed ahead of the upcoming German Grand Prix that it has solved the gearbox issue, alongside a series of developments that are hoped will reinforce the reliability of the team’s W05.
“The main priority of the days since [the British Grand Prix] has been to understand the gearbox problem we saw with Nico’s car and to make sure there is no recurrence moving forwards,” explained Paddy Lowe, Mercedes’ Executive Director (Technical).
“As with any such scenario, a lot of work has been put into rectifying the issue and we head to Hockenheim with a remedy in place.
“We will also be bringing a number of other upgrades evaluated during the Silverstone test last week, so we look forward to the next race in the hopes of both improved performance and a more robust package from a reliability perspective.”
Rosberg has accepted that failures, such as the one which put him out at Silverstone are going to happen in this new era of Formula 1, and says his focus has now turned to regaining the momentum inside the Mercedes camp and rebuilding his lead in the drivers championship as he heads into his home race.
“With the new regulations we are always going to be pushing the boundaries and I know how hard the team is pushing to give us the best car out there every weekend,” said the German. “I lost a lot of points and the Championship battle is very close, but I’m feeling good.
‘From the test last week we’re straight into the next race and another chance to regain the momentum, which is of course my target.”
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