Mercedes looking to solve tyre conundrum

12th April 2012

Mercedes are looking to improve their tyre management in order to recover from their poor start to the season.

Despite some positive performances in qualifying from drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes has so far only accrued one point this season as Schumacher secured a tenth-place finish in Malaysia.

Mercedes were looking to challenge the three leading teams – Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren – but its stumbling start has led to team officials looking for reasons to explain their lack of form.

Team principal Ross Brawn has pointed to poor tyre management as a key factor.

"In both races, our problems have been related to getting the tyres into the correct working window," he said.

"However, at each race it was at different ends of the scale: in Melbourne, we overheated the tyres. In Malaysia, having done a lot of work in practice to make sure we didn't suffer from the same problem, the cooler conditions on Sunday dropped us out of the window again."

Mercedes have a chance to get their season back on track at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend (13th to 15th April).

Posted by Danielle Barge