Saturday, 27 September 2014

Mercedes get to the bottom of Rosberg's retirement in Singapore

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Following a forensic investigation, the Mercedes AMG F1 PETRONAS Team have determined that Nico Rosberg's retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix caused by a 'foreign substance' The team took to their official Twitter page to say:

'Forensic analysis has revealed that the steering column electronic circuits were contaminated with a foreign substance'

Minute's before the start of the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend, Nico Rosberg's engineers discovered that there was an issue with the steering column of his W05. The team changed his steering wheel which unfortunately for the German didn't work.

He got going but when he made his first pit-stop he told the team to retire the car. The team took to Twitter once again to explain:

'To clarify, the contaminant was a substance used in normal pre-event servicing of the component. '

The team also confirmed that the issue only manifested itself on Sunday prior to the start of the Singapore event. The team have also confirmed that there will be a fresh batch of components for the final Grand Prix of the season starting with next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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