Brackley-based Mercedes endured a difficult race at last week’s Spanish Grand Prix, write Colin and James Beckett.
First and second in qualifying for round five of the F1 World Championship at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton experienced a frustrating race.
The Mercedes Silver Arrow W04 car currently shows great pace in its qualifying specification, but like many of the current team cars on the grid, struggles to look after the easy-wearing Pirelli tyres.
At the start of the race, Rosberg held the top spot for a number of laps until he lost ground, while Hamilton dropped rapidly out of contention.
Rosberg held on to finish in sixth but Hamilton was left a hugely disappointed 12th at the fall of the flag. He said: “We obviously have lots of work to do but we will keep fighting.”
Paul di Resta kept up his fine form by bringing his Silverstone-based Sahara Force India car home in seventh.
The young Scot is now eighth in the points table, with the next round of the championship around the streets of a town he calls home, Monte Carlo.
After the race, di Resta said: “Again we showed great pace and although the tyres suffered I was able to maintain a constant level of performance. I am now really looking forward to the next race in Monaco.”
Adrian Sutil finished outside of the points after suffering early race problems in his Force India VJM06 but there was a points finish for Daniel Ricciardo in the leading Bicester-based Toro Rosso. The Australian finished 10th in his STR8-Ferrari car adding a further point to his seasonal tally.