Nico Rosberg has reflected on a tough day at the Singapore Grand Prix after retiring from the race and relinquishing his lead of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship for the first time in four months.
The German driver was due to start the race from second place, but an electrical issue on his car meant that he couldn’t get away from his grid slot for the formation lap. The team wheeled him back into the pit lane, allowing him to join the race at the back of the pack.
However, the problem only got worse, meaning that when Rosberg pitted, his car was unable to restart once he had stopped. The team decided to throw in the towel and park his car up.
“The problems with my steering wheel began in the garage even before the race and it was a difficult moment when I couldn’t pull away from the grid,” Rosberg explained. “The car didn’t get out of neutral. When I left the pit lane, I was only able to change gear – there was no radio, no DRS and reduced Hybrid power.
“We were hoping that the systems might come back to life, like the radio did, and that we could change the situation.
“But after we changed the wheel another time, we had to retire the car.”
Rosberg called on the team to find what the issue was and ensure that he does not suffer any more reliability problems in 2014 following his second retirement of the season.
“It was a tough day for me and unfortunately another reliability problem for the team,” the German driver said. “It was at least something good for the team that Lewis was able to take the win. Now we need to analyze what happened and to optimize everything further because reliability is our issue this year.”