Mercedes out of running in Constructors’ Championship
28 September 2010 – The battle for the Constructors’ Championship is now a three-horse race following the Singapore Grand Prix, as Mercedes Grand Prix is no longer in a position, mathematically to retain the title it won in 2009, albeit in its previous guise as Brawn GP.
Although realistically speaking, Mercedes was out of contention a long time ago, now it is 100 per cent certain the Brackley-based outfit will lose its crown to Red Bull Racing or McLaren or Ferrari. Indeed a glance at the standings show Mercedes is likely to finish fourth, although the team may have to watch its back as Renault is only 35 points adrift in P5.
Speaking after the weekend’s race and after Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished fifth and 13th respectively, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Norbert Haug praised the team for its efforts over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, the 15th round in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
"Nico drove a very clever race and brought home the best result we could have achieved under our existing circumstances,” Haug reflected.
“Michael had an action-packed first night race in Singapore but he kept going which speaks for him and his car, posting some competitive lap times after his second stop for a new nose.
“Thank you to everybody in the team for the hard work that was done here in difficult conditions when working in the garage was like being in a sauna at times.
“Our learning process is taking our team in the right direction and I am sure that we will have a better car and results next season.
"We are looking forward to the last four races now and everyone will work very hard so that our team and drivers can compete with the leaders in the seasons to come," he concluded.