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Mercedes finds solution for Rosberg's gearbox issue

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Mercedes has found a solution for Nico Rosberg's gearbox issues at the British Grand Prix as well as adding performance to the W05 ahead of the German Grand Prix.

Rosberg retired from the lead at Silverstone when his gearbox failed and he was forced to park his car on lap 29. Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe said the team had been working on a solution in the following week and has also added performance upgrades to the car after testing at Silverstone last week.

"The main priority of the days since [the British Grand Prix] has been to understand the gearbox problem we saw with Nico's car and to make sure there is no recurrence moving forwards," Lowe said. "As with any such scenario, a lot of work has been put into rectifying the issue and we head to Hockenheim with a remedy in place.

"We will also be bringing a number of other upgrades evaluated during the Silverstone test last week, so we look forward to the next race in the hopes of both improved performance and a more robust package from a reliability perspective."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he was looking forward to the next round of the championship with his drivers, Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, now separated by just four points in the championship standings.

"We head to Germany and the home race of Mercedes-Benz with the championship battle as close as it has been between our two drivers," Wolff said. "This is an important weekend for them and equally so for the team, so we will be pushing harder than ever to make sure both cars take the best results. The next chapter in this fascinating contest awaits us and we are determined to put on a strong show."

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