Mercedes leave Singapore this evening with just eight points added to their tally, courtesy of a seventh place finish from Nico Rosberg.
Michael Schumacher retired from the grand prix on Lap 28 after running into the back of Sauber driver Sergio Perez in Turn 8.
“It turned out to be a fairly tough race for us this evening,” said Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn. “As expected, we didn’t have the pace to match the leaders but we were quite comfortable in the gap behind the top six cars. Unfortunately Michael’s accident hurt us both from his own point of view and that it brought out the safety car at the wrong time for our strategy.
“Nico then did a very good job to make the set of tyres that he had last for over half of the race. Seventh place was about as much as we could have expected today, and whilst it feels disappointing, we will keep working hard and pushing forward.”
Rosberg, contrary to the views of his team boss, thinks that sixth place was a realistic target today. He blamed a mixture of tyre degradation and bad timing of the safety car for his failure to finish any higher.
“The optimum today would have been sixth place but it didn’t quite work out for us this weekend,” he said. “I was struggling with the rear end in the race, and our car just really didn’t suit this demanding track.
“I had more problems with tyre degradation than the cars around me, which combined with having to switch our strategy when the safety car came out, meant it was impossible to make any progress. Whilst we might not be happy with the outcome of our weekend here in Singapore, we will now work hard to improve the car for the next races here in Asia.”
Schumacher did not apportion any blame in the accident that ended his race, but was just disappointed that his evening in Singapore was cut short.
“It was a very unfortunate ending to my race in Singapore tonight and obviously I am a bit disappointed,” he said. “What happened was what I would call a misunderstanding between Sergio Perez and myself. He was about to go inside and lifted, and I was not expecting him to do that so early, and therefore hit him.
“It’s probably one of those race incidents which look more impressive from outside than from inside, as I am totally ok and my impact in the end was not too heavy. It was a pity because my car and the tyres worked well, and therefore the pace was very good. I will look ahead to the next races and hope to have better endings there.”