Lowe: We need to keep focusing on every detail
7 July 2014 – Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe has said Nico Rosberg's retirement from the British Grand Prix is another reminder that the team needs to keep focusing on 'every small detail' if it is to maintain its dominance.
Rosberg retired on lap 29 with gearbox problems, his first DNF of the 2014 Formula 1 season, and while Lewis Hamilton won in the sister car - giving Mercedes its eighth win of the year – it is clear reliability remains something of a weakness.
Indeed Hamilton has been forced out twice this year due to mechanical issues – once in Australia and once last month in Canada, when Rosberg was also affected, but he managed to nurse his car home and still take second.
"It was a real blow to lose Nico's car: there was an early sign of a problem with a strange downshift, then it went away for 10 laps before recurring. We tried to change settings to remedy the situation but ultimately he lost drive and had to retire," said Lowe.
"But on the positive side, Lewis delivered a fantastic home win for the crowd – and it couldn't have been better at Silverstone's 50th British Grand Prix.
"It's eight wins in nine races now, which is an amazing statistic, but today also reminded us that we need to keep focusing on every small detail if we want to maintain that level of performance."