MERCEDES’ PROB­LEMS

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Mercedes has re­vealed that it nearly suf­fered a re­tire­ment of its own dur­ing the race in Mel­bourne, with race win­ner Nico Ros­berg’s car be­ing de­scribed as “marginal” af­ter the flag.

Ros­berg led team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton home for a Mercedes one-two af­ter a tight strate­gic bat­tle with Fer­rari, but team head Toto Wolff said the Ger­man was close to re­tir­ing with brak­ing is­sues mid-race.

“It was an un­con­ven­tional race in that we suf­fered some lit­tle dra­mas,” said Wolff. “We had a prob­lem on Nico’s car with brake caliper tem­per­a­tures, which kept creep­ing up al­most to a stage where we thought about re­tir­ing the car. That was two thirds into the race. We caught some de­bris in the caliper, but then it sta­bilised and started to creep down again.

“It was dif­fi­cult for the team to han­dle and then 15 laps from the end our cal­cu­la­tions showed the tyres wouldn’t last, that five laps from the end the left-rear could fall off the cliff. The tem­per­a­tures kept drop­ping ev­ery lap and our tyre guy said ‘Five laps from the end, that’s it’. We lost a lot of grip on the rear-left, but it’s just one of four tyres and Nico made it sur­vive.”

Ros­berg nearly had to re­tire with brak­ing is­sues

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