Mercedes must focus on reliability - Rosberg
Nico Rosberg says his retirement at the Singapore Grand Prix proves Mercedes has to make reliability a priority before the end of the year.
Rosberg lost the lead of the championship after retiring with a wiring loom failure in Marina Bay, but Mercedes still looks certain to win the constructors', possibly as early as the next round in Japan if it scores a one-two. With Daniel Ricciardo just 60 points behind Hamilton, and the finale double-weighted, Rosberg thinks the entire team needs to rally together to get to the bottom of its problems.
When asked if he would 'demand' anything different from Mercedes after Singapore, Rosberg said: "I don't demand anything, I don't demand any different to what I've asked and hoped for in the past and what they are doing. They are really focusing on reliability and working crazy hours. They need to improve that approach and try and improve in that area, but it's not a demand - everybody wants the same thing, I also want the same thing and everyone is doing the same job to improve."
Rosberg admits he will be relieved when Mercedes has finally wrapped up the constructors' championship, which meant he took a small amount of comfort from the team's victory in Singapore.
"It would be good to get the constructors' out of the way, yeah. It means a lot for me when the team has something to cheer for and a lot of the team had a good day, especially one side of the garage. For the constructors' its important that Red Bull didn't catch up too many points. On the other hand I'm disappointed I wasn't able to finish because I wanted a shot at the win."
Rosberg lost the lead of the championship to Hamilton in Singapore, a position he had gained partly thanks to reliability issues earlier this year for his Mercedes team-mate. But when that assessment was put to him Rosberg brushed it off.
"With all the necessary respect, it's not something that I've put a lot of energy into, these perceptions."