A wiring loom failure was the cause of Nico Rosberg’s early exit from the Singapore Grand Prix.
The German struggled to get his Mercedes to the grid, as early technical symptoms plagued the W05 cutting his radio transmissions, disabling his DRS and reducing the Hybrid power.
“The problems with my steering wheel began in the garage even before the race and it was a difficult moment when I couldn’t pull away from the grid – the car didn’t get out of neutral. When I left the pit-lane, I was only able to change gear” he explained.
His retirement on lap 13 made it all the more easier for team-mate Lewis Hamilton to secure the win and take the lead in the Drivers’ championship.
Hamilton now leads Rosberg by three points with five races remaining in the season.
“It was a tough day for me and unfortunately another reliability problem for the team. It was at least something good for the team that Lewis was able to take the win. Now we need to analyse what happened and to optimise everything further because reliability is our issue this year,” Rosberg said.
Despite being well clear of nearest rivals Red Bull, reliability seems to be a nagging issue for the Mercedes outfit, as it was their seventh technical failure this year.
“That was a bittersweet afternoon for the team – a fantastic win for Lewis tempered by disappointment at the technical problem with Nico’s car,” Technical Director Paddy Lowe said.
“At the pit stop, the car became stuck in neutral and we decided to retire because we judged that the mechanism required to restart would have been too dangerous. I can only offer my commiserations and apologies to Nico.”
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