Date: 25th September 2014 at 9:17am
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Nico Rosberg lost the lead in the Formula One World Championship battle on Sunday.

The German held a 22-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. But a retirement for Rosberg and a race victory for Hamilton left the Brit 3 points clear come Sunday night.

In the wake of the Singapore Grand Prix the question has been asked; Will ‘DNF’s’ and Mercedes reliability issues ultimately decide who claims the 2014 Formula One World Championship?

Despite the Silver Arrows having a all conquering and dominating car on the track, Mercedes have shown a weak underbelly.

Reliability problems have dogged Lewis Hamilton throughout the season.

An engine fault in Australia and a brake and power problem in Canada have caused two DNF’s for Hamilton.

A brake failure and an engine fire during qualifying in Germany and Hungary have also severely affected Hamilton’s charge at the title.

Rosberg has also had issues, but not as many. He too had suffered the power issue in Canada, but he was able to recover and hold on to a second place.

In fact Rosberg didn’t finish outside of the top two spots on the podium during the opening eight Grand Prix of the season, until a gearbox problem forced his first retirement of the season at Silverstone.

In Singapore however more reliability issues hit Rosberg.

Rosberg suffered an electrical fault, which seemed to be related to the steering wheel.

He was unable to get away from the grid for the parade lap and eventually started from the pit-lane.

His car was skipping gears and was lacking hybrid-power, so even though he started the race he was struggling to even fight with the backmarker teams of Caterham and Marussia.

Once the first pit-stop came around, he was once again unable to pull away and was forced to retire.

‘…reliability for the team, that?s still what we need to work on, That?s still a weakness, and they [the team] are flat out, they just need to try and improve somehow.? Rosberg told Sky Sports.

?Toughest day of the year for me that one. I felt so helpless; nothing was working at the beginning of the race.

?I didn?t have fourth gear, sixth gear, the upshift paddle was double shifting every time, no DRS, no hybrid power ? nothing. The whole steering wheel wasn?t working. Very disappointed [with how Singapore went], I need to try and get over it now and then move forward.?
he added.