Following the strong pace Mercedes AMG showed with their F1W04 at the Melbourne practice session, the team somewhat disappointed in the race. Team principal Ross Brawn looks forward to get this balance issue fixed quickly.
Ross Brawn: "The first race of the season provided some very encouraging signs for the team; our car performed well and seemed to be competitive in all of the conditions that the Melbourne weather gave us."
Indeed, Lewis Hamilton qualified third and Nico Rosberg in 6th place on the Australian grid, but both cars fell back a bit during the race, unable to match the pace of the cars they out-qualified.
Brawn however is adamant this is not due to an inherent problem of the car, but rather an issue with the car's balance which the team should be able to sort out quickly, starting at Sepang.
"We didn't quite find the correct balance for the race which compromised our ability to maximise the starting positions of Lewis and Nico. With the second race in Malaysia following this weekend, we're looking forward to the opportunity to put that right."
As the team is a long term partner of Petronas, Mercedes AMG consider the Malaysian GP as somewhat of their home race, one that will also include celebrations for the 15th year of Formula One in the eastern country.