Mercedes confident of resolving issues with Pirelli tyres

23rd March 2012

Norbert Haug, the motorsport boss of the Mercedes-Benz Formula One team, has told reporters he is confident the firm can overcome its issues with the Pirelli tyres used in the sport.

The comments come less than one week after its drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg struggled on the new tyres produced by Pirelli for the 2012 season.

Despite the pair beginning the race in Albert Park at the front of the grid, they  failed to keep pace in the ensuing race with Schumacher forced to retire halfway through the grand prix.

However, Mr Haug has argued that the team was keen to learn it lessons and pick itself up for this weekend's race.

Practice sessions have already begun ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur and speaking before the race, the Mercedes boss refused to make any predictions.

"We just need to see what was not optimal and I think the team is looking at it and we will see what we can do here," he said.

"It makes no sense to make any further predictions as we need to see what is happening or what will happen on the racetrack. But we still think the basics are there for the car, we just need to transport that into the race."

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