Middling Mercedes pointless in Korea

By on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo Credit: Mercedes AMG F1 Team

For the second successive weekend, the Mercedes team left a Grand Prix without any points after a difficult day in Korea.

Nico Rosberg was hit on the first lap by Kamui Kobayashi and was forced to retire a lap later. Michael Schumacher struggled to thirteenth place.

"Unfortunately this has been the second poor weekend in a row for me, and it's very frustrating to be taken out twice in the first corners of the race. Kobayashi hit me from behind today and that was my race over", he said.

"The one small positive to be taken from the weekend is our qualifying performance which was a small step forward".

Schumacher admitted that Korea was one of those events where it didn't come together.

"We didn't manage to get the tyres working properly over the race distance, which made for inconsistent lap times, and accounted for our step back in performance", he said.

"So we will write this one off, look forward and hope that we will be able to get back on the front foot again in the upcoming races", added the retiring German.

Norbert Haug added that the team needs to understand why there was no pace in the car.

"At no stage did Michael's car produce the grip we had anticipated. We need to quickly put this race behind us but not before a thorough analysis, with an understanding of why we got it wrong today", he said.

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