‘Calm’ Mercedes vow to bounce back

Date published: September 23 2015 - Editor

Things didn't go according to plan for Mercedes in Singapore, but the message coming from the team is that they will use that disappointment to return to the front.

Mercedes have carried their brilliant form from 2014 over to 2015 as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg won 10 of the first 12 races this year with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari winning the other two.

The team also started the Singapore weekend looking for a record-equalling 24th pole position in a row, but instead Hamilton and Rosberg found themselves more than a second off Vettel's pole time.

Things didn't really improve on race day as Rosberg could only finish P4 while Hamilton retired after reporting a loss of power.

Merc motorsport head Toto Wolff says the team have learnt valuable lessons and will be determined to improve at the Japanese GP.

"The performance in Singapore was far below expectations and left us with plenty to think about moving forwards," he said. "But move forward is what we will do.

"We remain calm, learn our lessons and use the pain of those disappointments as motivation to get back on top. One bad weekend does not negate what has been an incredible season so far and we know our car is competitive. But we also recognise the constant threat from our rivals.

"Whether Singapore was a blip or not, we cannot take our position at the front for granted and expect not to get caught out. Suzuka is a track which should suit us better, so this will be a good indicator."