Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been penalized by the FIA committee for an incident that happened on the British Grand Prix with a penalty of 10 seconds. The penalty means that the position of Mercedes driver will be demoted to the second spot in the British Grand Prix behind the new Red Bull sensation Verstappen.
The team of the German ace first appealed but finally accepted their fault according to the latest rules of FIA that are implemented from the start of the 2016 campaign. The German driver and his team broke the Radio Transmission rule that cost Rosberg the second spot.
What actually happened?
It was actually in the closing stages of the race when Rosberg was closing in on his team mate and arch rival Lewis Hamilton when he was struck with problem regarding his Gear Box and asked his team to guide him through the situation. The team’s engineer replied him according to the rules but Nico asked for further help in reply of which the engineer advised him to avoid his Seventh gear which proved beneficial to him as Verstappen looked poised to threaten him for the third spot which saved him in maintaining his lead.
The Rivalry continues?
It has now become widely known that the rivalry between the two ambitious drivers is continuously growing. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided on the Australian Grand Prix too which was also labeled as the germans fault which was proved form the replays after the drivers blamed each other. It has now become a two horse race between both the contenders for the championship but may prove dangerous for the Mercedes team.
Rosberg under criticism
Rosberg has come into the lights of intense criticism after two back to back controversial events. He was also booed by the crowd at the Silverstone circuit after he finished the race.
What effect it will have on the standings
The demotion to the third place means that Rosberg’s lead has been cut short to 1 point which makes the Hungarian Grand Prix an all interesting encounter which is scheduled on 24 July where either Hamilton can edge Rosberg for the first place or Rosberg can retain his lead over his British rival.
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