Mercedes GP disappointed at season opener

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A miserable weekend in Melbourne ended on Sunday with further upset for Mercedes GP. "This was the most difficult weekend of all our 20 races so far as Mercedes GP," commented Norbert Haug this Sunday in Melbourne.

Earlier in the day, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg had both been forced to retire. Damage resulting from a collision with Jaime Alguersuari just after the start of the race put a stop to Schumacher's progress, while Rosberg's car suffered in an incident with Rubens Barrichello and likewise failed to reach the finish line.

"Rubens drove into him flat out. What on earth was he thinking? It's just beyond me," said Niki Lauda about the seasoned driver's actions. Rosberg himself couldn't understand it either: "Rubens' punishment is certainly well deserved - he should have got more."

Ross Brawn was not going to let the disappointment weigh too heavily, though: "We must now show everyone that we are a good team. We will put this race behind us, pick ourselves up and look to the future."

The car will have to be checked out thoroughly, but Schumacher was certain that Mercedes could sort out any problems before the next race in Malaysia: "All things considered, I still think we've got heaps of potential. We proved that during winter testing, and I'm sure we can fight back."