Mercedes endure dismal day

By on Sunday, October 7, 2012

Photo credit: Mercedes AMG F1

Mercedes leave Japan empty handed after a difficult day in Suzuka.

Nico Rosberg was eliminated on the first lap, while Michael Schumacher managed only eleventh after his lowly grid slot.

"I had a good start to the race but unfortunately it ended fairly quickly today. In the first corner Grosjean spun into Webber and that also led to my accident. I began to brake but Senna crashed into me from behind which destroyed my rear tyre and meant that I had to retire", said Rosberg.

Schumacher felt he couldn't get much more out of the car as he rose twelve places from his grid slot.

"I have mixed feelings after the race here in Japan, because it's obviously unfortunate to come so close to scoring points and not manage it, after a race which went better than we expected. In the final laps, I had a nice and interesting battle with Ricciardo, but in the end I couldn't get past him because the Toro Rosso was so quick on the straights"

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