Rosberg loses second after rules breach

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has been stripped of his second place finish at the British Grand Prix after Mercedes were found guilty of breaching the new radio regulations.

Stewards have issued the Mercedes driver with a 10 second time penalty following a post race investigation, after his team issued forbidden messages designed to fix a gearbox problem late in the race.

The penalty has demoted the German to third place while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has been promoted to second.

The decision arrives after Mercedes engineer Tony Ross advised Rosberg to shift through seventh gear to alleviate a gearbox issue in the final laps of the race.

The messages contravened the controversial new radio rules which were introduced to avoid teams coaching their drivers during the race.

However, teams are able to issue instructions to drivers if a car is facing a terminal issue.

“Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16,” read a statement from the FIA.

“However, the Stewards determined that the team then went further and gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive, and were in Breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff felt the messages delivered to Rosberg were within the rules, citing that the issue was likely to result in a failure.

The team has lodged an appeal with the FIA following the decision.

“Our understanding of the rules is that this kind of message is allowed – it’s not the kind of driver coaching the rules were designed to prevent,” said Wolff.

“We gave him the necessary information and he did a great job to hold his position and bring the car home.”

British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton is now just a point adrift of Rosberg in the championship standings after Rosberg’s 10 second penalty.

Revised Result: Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Position Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 52 Laps
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 52 +8.250s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 52 +16.911s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 52 +26.211s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 52 +1:09.743s
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 52 +1:16.941s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 52 +1:17.212s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 52 +1:25.858s
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 52 +1:31.654s
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 52 +1:32.600s
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 51 +1 Lap
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 51 +1 Lap
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 51 +1 Lap
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 51 +1 Lap
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 51 +1 Lap
16 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 51 +1 Lap
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 49 +3 Laps
DNF Jolyon Palmer Renault 37 Retirement
DNF Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 24 Spun off
DNF Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 17 Retirement
DNF Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 11 Retirement
DNF Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 6 Spun off

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