Not everyone was happy with Pirelli’s new tyres at the start of the 2012 Formula One season – Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn blamed them for the disappointing end to the squad’s weekend.
Both Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg had shown promising pace during the weekend, with the seven-time champion qualifying in fourth and his team-mate in seventh for the Australian Grand Prix.
However, Brawn blamed tyre degradation for poor results achieved by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.
Schumacher retired on lap 11 after losing all drive and Rosberg’s pace was not good enough to fight for the top positions and he finished in 12th position after making contact with Sauber’s Sergio Perez on the final lap.
Brawn admitted his drivers had struggled with tyre degradation.
“After a very encouraging weekend, today was not a good result for us,” said Brawn. “Despite excellent starts, both Michael and Nico had difficulties from the start of the race with their tyres. With the development of the circuit and the track temperatures, we fell out of the working window, and struggled with degradation.
“However, we remain positive as both here and over the winter tests, we have demonstrated that we have a fundamentally quick car and we have a lot to build on. So we need to look at what happened today, unravel the problem and work out where we need to improve.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team