Mercedes looking to improve reliability for European GP
By Berthold Bouman
Despite his five retirements in seven races, Michael Schumacher remains upbeat ahead of the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain this weekend. After a very disappointing Canadian Grand Prix where the seven-times World Champion had to retire after his DRS wing got stuck in its opened position, the German is adamant Mercedes has solved their reliability problems.
“Our entire focus is now on the race in Valencia, and I am sure that everybody’s motivation is even stronger because the weekend in Canada didn’t go as well as we had hoped. Our motto in the last few days has been to roll our sleeves up and focus on the job in hand; everybody in the team has taken that approach to heart, so we can travel to Valencia in an optimistic mood,” said Schumacher.
Team Principal Ross Brawn is aware of the problems especially Schumacher has encountered. “The performance of our car and our tyre management were generally good in Canada, however our competitiveness was compromised by reliability problems and mistakes,” the Briton stated.
And added, “This is a disappointment that is deeply felt by everyone in our team, and we have been working hard to ensure we understand the reasons and deal with them. Achieving zero-defect reliability is our highest priority. The opportunities available if we can give both drivers a reliable car and a clean weekend are clear.”
Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport agrees, “Our priority for the next race is to achieve the same standard of reliability for Michael’s car that we have seen so far this year with Nico’s, who has completed all racing laps so far this season.”
Nico Rosberg, one of the few drivers who have completed all Grands Prix this season, is looking forward to race on yet another street circuit. “The track is another street circuit but it’s quite a unique one as it is quicker and has a more open feel than somewhere like Monaco or Singapore. The layout is also kind of like Montreal so it should be a circuit which suits our car,” the 26-year old German said.
And Schumacher also likes the Valencia circuit, “The harbour area is particularly nice and, given its location, the circuit is also really interesting, so let’s see how we can perform there!”