Mercedes changes part after Schumacher problem
19 June 2012 – Mercedes is set to change the component of its DRS which caused Michael Schumacher’s retirement from the Canadian Grand Prix. The seven-time World Champion suffered a rare issue which allowed his adjustable rear wing flap to become stuck open, resulting in his fifth retirement from the seven races so far in 2012.
Oddly, although four of Schumacher’s race exits have been down to technical problems, team-mate Nico Rosberg has enjoyed 100 percent reliability so far this season.
“The problem was a hydraulic coupling,” Team Principal Ross Brawn explains of Schumacher in Montreal. “They have a locking system and the locking system seemed to have fatigued and allowed the coupling to come undone. It’s not a problem we’ve seen before and we’re going to change the design to make sure there is less likelihood of it happening.
“I think the lack of reliability with Michael has been a huge frustration to everyone here because our standards are extremely high. We haven’t changed any of our procedures’ or approach, haven’t taken any shortcuts and haven’t let the system slip in any way whatsoever, so it’s been highly frustrating that we’ve had the problems.
“Whilst I don’t believe in fate too much, it’s been peculiar that we’ve had one car that’s done every lap of every race, and then with Michael we’ve had three or four problems.”
Brawn now hopes to see Schumacher become the eighth winner from as many races, which would also mark his first points finish on the Valencia Street Circuit this weekend.
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