Mercedes was struggled in Bahrain Grand Prix due to the overheated the tyres. Team boss Ross Brawn says that they are not expected such a difficult situation at Bahrain and also he says it was worse than they expected.
In qualifying Nico Rosberg set a surprise pole position, but he was struggled entire the race and finished on ninth. Lewis Hamilton start from ninth and to finish on fifth, the second-half cool condition helped him boost the race pace.
“To be honest, we didn’t anticipate quite such difficulty. It was worse than we expected, we knew before we went there that if we could get on top of things there, it would be a pretty encouraging sign.” Brawn told Autosport.
“But I think we’re not far off because in the second half of the race when it cooled down a little bit, Lewis was able to pick the ball up and run with it again. He had certainly struggled in the first half of the race.”
Asked if he felt Mercedes was beginning to repeat its 2012 downturn, in which it won in China then rarely got near the podium again, Brawn replied: “I think it’s a little bit different. At least we had the core performance, we just overheated the tyres.”
“We could have more races like that unless we improve our performance in this area, because if you’re at one end of the scale, then whenever the tyres become compromised because of the temperature, you’ll be the ones meeting that limit earlier than other people,” he added.
“It was reasonably encouraging at the start of the season because we didn’t have those issues, and even in Malaysia we managed to find the right solutions. We just didn’t find the right solutions in Bahrain; we didn’t find the right pointers on Friday and Saturday morning to tell us how the race was going to go.”