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Triumphant Mercedes’ reliability “got worse and worse”

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Triumphant Mercedes' reliability "got worse and worse"

Triumphant Mercedes’ reliability “got worse and worse”

An increasingly frustrated Nico Rosberg believes that Mercedes’ has not made the step it had hoped for on reliability in Formula 1 this season, lack of reliability is still giving Mercedes plenty to worry about.

Rosberg was forced to retire from the top of the Russian GP on lap five following his throttle pedal trouble, its marked his second DNF and the champions have suffered three retirements in four races.

When the media asked about the lack of reliability of late, a frustrated Rosberg said after the race: “It’s a strange one.

“Just when this year it looked like we were looking so good on reliability, to then have quite a few issues, it’s surprising and it’s got worse and worse now through the season.

“In the last couple of months we’ve had loads more issues, race stoppers and things like that. “We must look into that again and continue to improve in that area.

“It seems we haven’t made as big steps as we thought.”

“It’s just disappointing to see how this year has gone,” added Rosberg.

“There’s been a lot of bad luck, just when I needed to launch an attack and for things to go the other way. It’s just been one thing after another.

“Small things too, and some major things, have just derailed it in the last months, and that’s tough.”

Former triple time world champion and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda also admits that, their reliability performance in the second half of the season went down and they are try to fix that and analyse why and what.

Lewis Hamilton can wrap up his second successive crown in Austin, Texas, in two weeks’ time — perfect timing in a major market for the car company — but reliability could still throw a spanner in the works.

“There is generally speaking no good luck and bad luck from my point of view,” Lauda told Reuters.

“Nevertheless, our reliability performance in the second half of the season went down. So we have to try to fix that and analyse why and what.

“This throttle issue is a brand new one…it worked perfectly for a long time so this is a surprise to everybody. But it will be fixed and will not happen again,” added the Austrian.

Rosberg, now 73 points behind Hamilton, also retired in Italy with an engine failure while his team mate failed to score in Singapore due to a loss of boost pressure.

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