Mercedes strengthens Schumacher’s team for Valencia

Mercedes has beefed up Michael Schumacher’s support team for Valencia, as the team bids to end his shocking run of reliability.

Whilst Nico Rosberg has finished every race so far in 2012 and is right in the hunt for the title, Michael Schumacher’s record features no fewer than five DNFs, leaving him with more points only than the six hapless drivers of the bottom-three teams.

Bild newspaper reports that in a bid to finally stop the rot, team boss Ross Brawn has decided to bolster Schumacher’s support team with a new additional chief engineer. His job will be to monitor the work of the regular mechanics, after Brackley based Mercedes “double and triple checked” every component of the seven time world champion’s W03 car ahead of Valencia.

“What is happening at the moment with Michael is not the standard that we are striving for,” admitted Rosberg.

Brawn added: “Our standards here are extremely high. We haven’t changed our approach or any of our procedures; we haven’t taken any short cuts or let the system slip in any way, so it’s been highly frustrating and peculiar. So we’re constantly looking at how we can improve the way we work, and we can do better.”

Hinting at his Concorde Agreement dispute with Mercedes, meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone fired a barb at Mercedes when asked about Schumacher’s troubles.

“I think that if he was still at Ferrari, he would still be winning today,” the F1 chief executive told Germany’s Sport Bild.


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