Mercedes has submitted an appeal with the FIA about the decision that saw Nico Rosberg received a 10 seconds penalty in British GP for a radio transmission regulation breach, and its resulted drop down to third behind Max Verstappen.
Rosberg was slowed by a gearbox problem five laps from the end, and was helped by his race engineer to change a setting and avoid using seventh gear. Finally the German crossed the line 6.9 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton, with Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Verstappen third, 1.3 seconds behind Rosberg.
The penalty sees him drop below Verstappen of Red Bull, who inherits second place, that 10-second penalty and demotion to third place means the Mercedes duo are now separated by just one point in the title race.
The appeal has to be ratified within 96 hours, the FIA confirm.