Nico Rosberg: Mercedes W06 not as reliable as we thought

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Nico Rosberg says Mercedes needs to work on reliability after his title bid all but ended in Russia with his second retirement of the season.

Lewis Hamilton can knock Rosberg out of the title race if he finishes two points clear of his team-mate at the US Grand Prix next weekend and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel now splits the Mercedes drivers in the standings. The critical blow came last weekend in Russia when Rosberg suffered a throttle problem while leading the race and was forced to retire.

Rosberg also retired from the Italian Grand Prix four races ago when he was forced to use a high-mileage engine due to problem with his brand-new updated power unit in practice. Including Hamilton’s retirement in Singapore, a Mercedes has failed to make the chequered flag at three of the last four races and Rosberg admits it is becoming a concern.

“It’s a strange one,” he said. “Just when we were looking so good on reliability to then have a few issues. It is surprising and is has gotten worse through the season. The last couple of months we have had more issues and race stoppers, so we must look into it again and continue to improve in that area because it seems we haven’t made as big steps as we thought.”

The events of recent rounds have left Rosberg’s title chances hanging by a thread, but he insists it will not change his approach.

“We will just have to be realistic now. It is a lot of points. It doesn’t change my approach, still pushing to the maximum and being committed. Going for it mentally, it doesn’t change much. Disappointing of course because I was looking to close the gap. Anyway, I will go to the next race and I want to win.”


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