Nico Rosberg salavaged a single point for Mercedes on what was a disappointing weekend for the German team that were off the pace in Hungary.
After qualifying thirteenth, tenth place was a decent result for Rosberg on a track that does not offer much opportunity for overtaking. However, the German was not exactly ecstatic after the race.
“We’ve had a difficult weekend here in Budapest, and just haven’t been quick enough,” he said. “In the race today, I had a good start and was able to gain three positions by the end, so I got the most out of it. Being happy with one point is not an ideal situation though. We need to find out why we are off the pace at the moment. I hope that we can do better in Spa after the break and we will push hard to make the improvements necessary.”
Michael Schumacher had a much more eventful race, with two trips through the pit lane in the opening laps, and four in total before he retired nine laps from the end.
“Today was obviously one of those races that you will not look back at for very long,” he remarked. “Our engine temperatures were very high before the start, and when the yellow lights came on, I switched the engine off. After I had started from the pit lane, I picked up a penalty and then a puncture. So all in all, the beginning of the race was not very pleasant for us. Everything you do not need came together.
“We did not have full telemetry before the start and during the period of overheating, and this is why we finally decided to retire so as not risk any damage which might make us suffer in the next race. Now we can now check the car properly before the break and prior to Spa.
“This weekend is not one to remember, but then there are weekends like this which you can only accept. I am sure we will be looking much better in the next races to come.”
Team principal Ross Brawn gave his evalution of the afternoon, and highlighted areas that the team need to work on over the summer.
“Nico did a good job today, and 10th place is about where the car was, if not a little better,” he said. “He drove very well to make the tyres last which is a positive sign, and a good strategy saw him pick up places.
“Michael had a much more eventful race. He started from the pit lane, incurred a penalty and then had a puncture so it wasn’t exactly an ideal start to the afternoon. During that period, we lost all telemetry on his car, and subsequently had various problems during the race which we weren’t entirely sure what they were, therefore we decided to retire the car.
“We are clearly not as competitive as we want to be and, whilst we got everything out of the car today, we need to find more performance and lap time.“