Mercedes needs Schumacher and Rosberg to make an impact at the Indian Grand Prix
Mercedes will be under a lot of scrutiny at the Indian Grand Prix. The German team has been unable to record much success in recent years. With their car revealing performance issues, dismissive performances and Michael Schumacher leaving at the end of the season; Mercedes has a ton of problems to deal with.
The electrifying Indian Grand Prix will be the perfect place for Mercedes to absolve themselves from critics. Earlier this month, Mercedes’ CEO Dieter Zetsche told reporters that the German team’s poor performance was because of the problems in their car. This effectively exonerated drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg from any mistakes they made this season.
However, the Formula One legend Michael Schumacher claims the problem doesn’t lie with the car. The seven-time world champion told reporters from Die Welt that Mercedes as a team could have performed better.
With just four races remaining in the season, Mercedes will have to make an impact now. Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came fifth and sixth respectively at the Indian Grand Prix last year.
Unfortunately, haven’t been consistent performers as of late. Michael Schumacher has had a hard time entering the Top 10 and Nico Rosberg has been fighting to cross the finish line. Nonetheless, both drivers are looking forward to the Indian Grand Prix.
“The Formula One debut of India last year was certainly a success,” Michael Schumacher said. “There were a surprising amount of fans during the weekend, and the track itself really is cool. We drivers were given a very enthusiastic reception, and it will be interesting to see if this enthusiasm has remained as strong.”
Michael Schumacher admits Mercedes has been down and under lately, therefore it is of utmost importance to record some good results.
“After two races which have not been totally satisfying, we naturally wish for a more positive trend to come, and I can say that everybody in the team has put in a lot of effort to achieve it. Let's see what we can make out of it,” Michael Schumacher added.
The Buddh International Circuit is full of challenging gradients, testing corners and a couple of straight paths as well, therefore it will be a roller-coaster ride for all the drivers.
“The Buddh International Circuit is very challenging with an interesting combination of slow speed corners and long fast straights,” said Nico Rosberg, who recorded his first career win at the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this year.
“The track also has one of the highest average speeds in Formula One and is good for overtaking. Last year I was really impressed by the passion and friendliness of the Indian people so I'm looking forward to visiting again and having some more interesting experiences. I hope that I will have a bit more luck than recently next weekend, and I will have the chance to achieve a good result.”