Nico Rosberg came home in second place at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, but was demoted down the order following the race, after receiving a ten second time penalty for a radio ban infringement.
The stewards deemed the German was given instruction on how to operate the W07, which meant he did not drive the car alone or unaided, as stipulated under article 27.1 of the sporting regulations for 2016.
Despite that set back however, Rosberg was happy to finish the race, after experiencing a near terminal gearbox failure that could have ended things prematurely for the current championship leader. The technical issue was also the instigator for the German’s penalty, which prompted Rosberg to ask for assistance over team radio, and his race engineer duly obliged, which is now against the rules.
“Lewis did a better job over the whole weekend and deserved the win, so congratulations to him.
“I was happy to have finished the race as my gearbox issue at the end was really serious and I almost had to retire the car – but luckily I got it fixed.
“Generally, though, it felt great out there and I had a great pace on the medium tyres. The battle with Max was good fun. It took a bit of time but I managed to overtake him on the outside.
Problems aside, Rosberg enjoyed the whole experience at Silverstone, thanking the fans for their support, despite some negative attention on the podium, which the German shrugged aside as a small minority,
“Over the whole weekend the atmosphere here at Silverstone was really outstanding. Okay, I recognise that some guys out there don’t like me as much as Lewis. But that’s normal in his home country and I felt that the majority was very supportive of me. That’s why the British fans are the best and most passionate racing fans in the world, so thank you to them for making it a really great event.
Rosberg will now concentrate on taking back the momentum from Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Lewis Hamilton, when we head to Hungary in two weeks time.
“Now I look forward to the last two races before the summer break including my home Grand Prix in Germany.”