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Rosberg "surprised" by penalty

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31/07/2016

Having had one of the worst starts ever, Nico Rosberg's day was about to get a whole lot worse.

Having totally wasted his hard-earned pole position by slipping to fourth, almost sixth in the opening stages of the first lap, and looking in danger of losing even more when he inexplicably took to the grass as he fought off the Ferraris, the German was subsequently involved in an incident involving Max Verstappen.

In a move which had similarities to the incident in Austria involving teammate Lewis Hamilton, the German, who had the inside line as he battled with the Dutch teenager for third at the hairpin, left his braking very, very late and as he finally turned left the Red Bull driver with little option but to go wide.

As Verstappen claimed the Mercedes driver had forced him off the track, the stewards, after a short investigation agreed and handed Rosberg a 5-second time penalty.

Told of the penalty, Rosberg told his team: "Can you explain to them that I was at full lock on the steering wheel".

To compound his nightmare, when serving the penalty, a timing error actually meant the German was stationary for 8s before work began on his car.

Speaking after the race, Rosberg was defiant, insisting that he had not deliberately forced Verstappen off the road.

"I was very surprised that I got penalised, I didn't expect that at all," he told reporters. "It's just one more of those things when your day goes completely wrong.

"All these things come together, but I don't think it made a difference in the end," he continued. "I couldn't have challenged the Red Bulls I think after that penalty.

"Without the penalty I was in front of them, so the penalty cost me dearly," he added, referring to the Red Bull duo who finished second (Daniel Ricciardo) and third, sharing a podium for the first time.

"They were running on a good pace," he admitted. "We are keeping an eye on them."

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 01/08/2016 14:31

"It's the sense of entitlement that gets me about Nico's attitude.
He seems to feel some God-given right to drive when & where he likes, and is surprised when others have a prior claim. To compound the offence he then blatantly lies about what has happened.
Lauda should point-out that had he turned-in before reaching the track-edge he would probably have passed Verstappenn, and been praised by all & sundry for a good move, instead of ridiculed for bad-driving & porky-pies.

Perhaps Toto & Nikli will start to appreciate that blame for Nico's various crashes with Hamilton might rest more with him than with Lewis. "

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2. Posted by Schnauzers, 01/08/2016 11:11

"Not on my TV recording! A repeat of his move on Hamilton in Hungary."

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3. Posted by jackois, 01/08/2016 10:07

"as surprised as when his car kept on straight ahead with 'the wheel at full lock'?
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4. Posted by Hobgoblin, 01/08/2016 8:43

""Can you explain to them that I was at full lock on the steering wheel"

Except you weren't, were you Nico. We were all watching from the onboard camera."

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