It was a very disappointed weekend for title fighter Nico Rosberg at Monza as he lost further ground to Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship (the victory under tyre scrutiny).
Nico was closing on nearest rival Sebastian Vettel for second place when his engine failed on lap 51, wipe out the second Mercedes on the spot. Rosberg’s shortfall over Hamilton in the driver’s standings now stands at 53 points.
“It’s all very disappointing, for sure. The whole weekend just went wrong completely, just very unlucky.” Rosberg said.
“So many repercussions of this engine issue, which was actually a chassis issue that made have to change engines. it was a difficult race as a result. To have it explode two laps from the end is even more disappointing.”
“I was going to have a good go at Vettel, as the brakes had cooled enough to be able to attack and I could have ramped up the ERS power a bit.”
Should the provisional results of the Italian Grand Prix be confirmed, it would naturally be a severe set-back to Nico Rosberg’s title hopes.
“It’s a fact that today was a massive step in the wrong direction,” lamented the Mercedes driver.
“Just when I needed to catch up a few points, it’s been the biggest loss in one day that I’ve had in the season. But there’s no giving up and I’ll just keep fighting, and try to win the next couple of races somehow.”