Nico Rosberg was down on power for Japanese GP F1 start

Nico Rosberg's Mercedes engine suffered a temperature-related problem, which gave him less power than Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Japanese GP, says Toto Wolff

Nico Rosberg was down on power for Japanese GP F1 start

The German got away cleanly off the line from pole, but in the next phase of the start Hamilton was able to get alongside through Turns 1 and 2 to complete a pass for the lead.

Hamilton went on to claim his eighth win of the season with Rosberg second as the reigning world champion extended his lead in the drivers' standings to 48 points with a maximum of 125 remaining.

"The initial getaway was good for both cars but Nico had a little bit of an issue with a hotter power unit," said Mercedes boss Wolff.

Japanese GP: Was Hamilton fair to Rosberg?

"When it kicked in after a couple of seconds, he didn't have the same power as Lewis.

"This is temperature-related. That was showing up on the formation lap."

Wolff said Mercedes is unsure what caused the problem but he suggested it could be down to the way the driver prepares the clutch and engine on the formation lap.

"It is important to get the clutch and engine into the right temperature window," he said.

"The driver manages that in the installation lap. So they are different procedures.

"Both of the drivers have worked on that. Today, that lap triggered different temperatures in the power units."

Rosberg closed on Hamilton in the closing stages, but Wolff said Hamilton was controlling his pace to get the car to the chequered flag.

"Lewis was managing the gap," said Wolff "We had some minor drama with the car - temperature-related issues - and Lewis flat-spotted his tyre and that caused massive vibrations.

"When we took the tyre off the car, it was flat-spotted down to the carcass so that could have ended badly.

"We tweaked the power unit and chassis a lot because we were seeing signs of reliability issues which worried us a bit."

shares
comments
Red Bull's Mateschitz has lost interest in Formula 1, Lauda feels

Previous article

Red Bull's Mateschitz has lost interest in Formula 1, Lauda feels

Next article

High Court gives Lotus/Renault 10-week extension in HMRC case

High Court gives Lotus/Renault 10-week extension in HMRC case
Load comments
Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021