The reigning Champions Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has revealed that they are struggling with their starts due to a hardware issue.
In Australia two weeks ago, both silver cars were beaten off the grid by the Ferraris, after the Maranello team proved to have best mastered the new rules limiting drivers to the use of a single clutch lever for race starts.
In Bahrain there was a repeat of this poor start, mainly affected defending world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Wolff, doubts that there is a quick fix ready for the next race in Shanghai on April 17.
“We tend to believe it is more a hardware issue than a control electronics problem. You can’t solve that from one race to the other. Wolff said.
“We are working to sort it out. The way we assess clutches and the way we round them, the way we calibrate them. Obviously how the driver uses it needs to be optimised.
“But mainly the collaboration with Daimler is about optimising the hardware. That takes a little bit of time. When we will have results I am not sure yet.”
But Lewis remains the confident — The Brit affirmed he doesn’t feel like Rosberg now has a psychological advantage.
“Remember Muhammad Ali in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ (fight with George Foreman in 1974)?” he asked.
“He got the other guy to believe he was winning and then he didn’t, so anything can happen.”