Mercedes has confirmed the reasoning behind Rosberg's early exit.
Nico Rosberg failed to finish the Singapore Grand Prix, exiting the event after just 15 laps, which resulting in a change at the top of the championship standings. Today, Mercedes took to Twitter to clarify what went wrong with the W05.
"Forensic analysis has revealed that the steering column electronic circuits were contaminated by a foreign substance," the team said. However, the substance has not been publicly identified.
The team went on to say that the substance went undetected and there were no warning signs until Rosberg tried to start the car and get the formation lap underway. The intermittent short circuiting of the electronics meant that Rosberg had no control over the clutch or various engine settings.
As a precaution, Mercedes plans to utilize completely fresh parts in the upcoming Japanese GP in order to fight back against the reliability issues that have plagued both cars in 2014. The team also added in a final tweet...