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2015-04-07 07:55

LESSONS LEARNED: Mercedes learned from its shortcomings at Sepang, such as poor tyre management, and hopes to implement changes at the 2015 Chinese GP. Image: AP / Vincent Thian

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Mercedes will bring aerodynamic improvements to the 2015 Chinese GP after a full analysis of why the F1 world champions lost out to Ferrari in Malaysia, according to technical head Paddy Lowe.

Sebastian Vettel triumph at Sepang, in the Ferrari after leaving Red Bull, ended a run of eight successive wins for Mercedes.

The victory was Ferrari's first since 2013 and dispelled fears that Mercedes were so far ahead they could win every race in 2015.

WEAKNESSES IDENTIFIED

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said that Malaysia had been a "wake-up call" for his team after world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had chalked up a comfortable one-two in the Australian season-opener.

Lowe said in a team preview of the April 12 race in Shanghai: "We've spent time analysing the weekend in Sepang to identify areas for improvement. The most significant weakness was our tyre management during long runs.

Lowe said exceptionally high temperatures in Malaysia had helped Ferrari and worked against Mercedes but it was essential to have a car which performed at all circuits and in all conditions.

Lowe said: "So there is work to be done on that front.

"It is now clearer than ever that there is serious competition for this world championship, so we will continue to work flat out for performance gains. We have a range of new aerodynamic developments for Shanghai and are targeting an improved performance from Malaysia."

HAMILTON VS ROSBERG

China, with generally low temperatures, will be a different challenge but one that Mercedes have taken in their stride in the past.

Championship leader Hamilton won the 2014 Chinese GP while Rosberg took the first victory of his F1 career in China in 2012.

Hamilton said: "There is always room for improvement and we've been working hard to analyse everything for the next race in China.

"The circuit itself is a different challenge to Albert Park and Sepang but it's one I really enjoy and it suits my driving style quite well."

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