Another point-less race for Mercedes

By on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes are enduring the worst run of races since their return to the sport in 2010.

The Indian Grand Prix marked the team's third successive race without a single point; Nico Rosberg was eleventh while Michael Schumacher retired in order to preserve the car for Abu Dhabi.

"Finishing just outside of the points is always tough, and it was a hard afternoon for us out there", said Rosberg.

"Starting with new tyres, I hoped to be able to make up a couple of places but we just didn't have the pace so I had to keep fighting off the cars coming from behind me. It's a difficult time for us but we are learning for next year so that's one positive thing".

Schumacher picked up a puncture on the opening lap after contact with Jean Eric Vergne.

"That was a pretty unsatisfactory race today. It was effectively over just after the start; I lost so much time getting back to the pits with the puncture that any hope of scoring points was gone. In the meantime, the pace was pretty good but I was too far behind to make up more than a few positions. In the end, we had to retire the car for technical reasons".

Ross Brawn lamented the team being on the wrong end of a competitive midfield.

"We are racing in a closely-matched field this season, where a few tenths of a second in lap time make a significant difference to your position. At the moment, we are on the wrong end of those precious tenths and that once again left us outside the points this afternoon", he said.

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