Mercedes drivers didn't have brake problems in Singapore

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe says Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton did not have any problems with their brakes during the Singapore Grand Prix, despite being asked repeatedly to manage them.

Mercedes drivers didn't have brake problems in Singapore
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

Race winner Rosberg was asked to manage his brakes early on, and not long after that he was told "This is serious Nico, we do need that brake management."

Hamilton also needed to be careful with his brakes until the final part of the race, when he was allowed to push.

Lowe stressed that the car is designed to fine margins, and the team was always aware that brakes would have to be nursed at certain venues.

"They didn't have any problems with brakes, it's a question of management," Lowe told Motorsport.com.

"The quickest race car we can build doesn't allow the driver to brake flat out every lap, so they have to manage their brakes the same way they manage tyres and manage fuel. So you can't do qualifying laps every lap.

"But you can't do that anyway, from a tyre point of view. At some circuits like this one the brake issue becomes more dominant. It's lift and coast, the same thing you do for tyres, fuel and brakes, just lift at the end of the straight a little bit."

Rosberg admits that the need to manage his brakes was "difficult" at the end of the Singapore GP, especially when he was coming under attack from Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes knew before the race that brakes would be marginal and that they could not be used to maximum effect for the full distance, and from the very early stages both drivers were reminded of the need to conserve them.

Later Rosberg was heard asking the pit wall how much he could take out of the brakes at the end of the race as Ricciardo was catching him up.

"It's only difficult when the pressure is on at the end of the race," said the German. "At the beginning everything was under control, so it was OK.

"I just had to manage a bit. Of course, it was costing me pace, and then just on the softs I didn't feel quite as comfortable as with the ultrasoft.

"And then when you have to manage the brakes and it costs performance, it becomes difficult. I just pushed to the limit all the time, of course.

"All the way through I had to manage the brakes. This is the track where the car is going to be on the limit, we knew that was coming, and we got it right. It's just pushing everything to the limit, as you do in F1."

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Series Formula 1
Event Singapore GP
Location Singapore Street Circuit
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Author Adam Cooper
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