Mercedes have rushed to the defence of their star driver Michael Schumacher, insisting it was the car tyres not his lack of talent that let him down this weekend.
After finishing the Chinese Grand Prix in a disappointing 10th place, team boss Ross Brawn said they were working to resolve tyres issues before the next race.
The improvements can’t come soon enough for the seven times world champion, who showed flashes of his extraordinary talent and managed to make up positions in the pit stops.
However, he was also put in the shade by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, too often losing those positions he had gained when fighting with his rivals out on track.
And, in the final laps the German legend was overtaken by Mark Webber and Felipe Massa.
But Brawn insisted: “We have some issues that we need to understand as the deterioration of his tyres and therefore his pace is a problem that we need to resolve before the next race.
“We haven’t quite got the car at the moment but when we do, we know that we can get the job done.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team