Brawn: We had potential to score more
23 September 2013 – Ross Brawn has described the Singapore Grand Prix as a ‘frustrating’ race for Mercedes, adding that the team’s car had the ‘performance potential to score more points’.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton eventually finished the 13th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship in fourth and fifth, but the decision not to make the second stops when the safety car was deployed on lap 25 proved critical, ultimately dropping them behind Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, both of whom went for a long final stint.
“That was a frustrating race after the Safety Car came out at what was just the wrong time for us,” Brawn lamented. “It was a close decision whether or not to pit the cars in order to try and run over half the race distance on a single set of tyres. Our view was that we couldn't make it, so we left both cars out on track - as did Red Bull - so that we could run a shorter final stint.
“In the end, we saw that two of the cars who pitted managed to make it work, but most others had to make an additional stop or fell out of the window of tyre performance in the closing laps.”
“The race was further complicated by a front wing problem for Nico, who suffered from rubber build-up at a critical stage of the race, which cost him performance through excessive understeer,” Brawn added. “Fourth and fifth positions allowed us to minimise the points loss to Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship but our car had the performance potential to score more points.”
Mercedes motorsport chief, Toto Wolff meanwhile was also disappointed: “After starting from second and fifth positions on the grid, we cannot be satisfied to finish fourth and fifth. Two of our rivals managed to complete over half the race distance on a single set of tyres, which was something we did not feel we would manage successfully. Therefore both cars stayed out behind the Safety Car when it was deployed,” he continued.