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Michael Schumacher retired from the Malaysian GP when a wheel nut parted company from his car

Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn is still at a loss to explain Michael Schumacher’s retirement from the Malaysian Grand Prix, which was attributed to a wheel nut parting company with the left-rear wheel of the German’s W01 on lap 10.

"Michael was in a good position after the start and we were looking forward to having a good race on his side,” Ross said.

“But, unfortunately, it wasn’t to be; the car lost a wheel nut, which is a problem that we haven’t experienced before. The wheel nuts are double-checked on the grid so we will investigate and put in place the necessary solutions."

Despite the seven-time World Champion’s retirement, it was a positive weekend for the squad, with Schumacher’s compatriot and team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing on the podium for the first time this season, marking the team’s first podium finish under the relaunched Mercedes name.

"That was an excellent drive from Nico and a first-class performance to secure his third career podium and the first podium for the Mercedes GP team," said Brawn.

"We are delighted to have achieved the first podium for the silver arrows in Malaysia and to be able to share the rewards of our hard work with our title partner, Petronas, at their home Grand Prix – my compliments to Nico for an assured performance over the weekend.”

You’ve just got to find that nut!

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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