Mercedes News Update: Mercedes Misses Out on Podium
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Mercedes News Update: Mercedes misses out on podium. There was disappointment for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The two drivers who are street circuit experts were left with a bad taste in their mouths after Mercedes team strategy meant that the Singapore grand prix ended with no podium place for either of the Mercedes drivers.
Nico Rosberg came in fourth place but many were left wondering why Mercedes had not adopted a similar strategy to Ferrari who visited the pits when the safety car had to be deployed on the track. As a consequence the Ferarri driver Fernando Alonso and Lotus’s top driver Kimi Raikkonen, came in second and third in the race as they took advantage of the race delay to renew tyres that then lasted for thirty laps.
Rosberg, who is German was reported as saying that he was sure that the team could have done better on the day and that in hindsight they should have taken the gamble and remained out for the last set and then gone into the pits when the safety car came on.
Instead the Mercedes strategy saw Rosberg working his way through a crowded field made all the more difficult by the narrow street circuit while the first and second placed drivers were free to cruise home to the second and third place behind the winner of the race Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull, who cemented his position as the leader of the championship.
The Austrian Niki Lauda, who has been triple champion and who is now the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team, admitted that it had been the wrong strategy to take. He said that he was frustrated as performance could have been so much better if they had brought in at least one of the cars while the safety car was out. He said that lessons had been learned.
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Lewis Hamilton, who had been in pole position for the grand prix in Singapore last year and who won the race in 2009, was also depressed after he finished fifth in the race leaving him in third place in the drivers championship, a full ninety six points behind Red Bull’s Vettel. With six races of the grand prix left for the season Lewis Hamilton stated his target as overhauling Alonso after another stunning weekends performance from Sebastian Vettel, whose victory in Singapore was his third consecutive win.
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