Again Nico Rosberg made a poor start from pole, and its resulted fourth place finish behind Red Bull duo, and that left him in a battle with Max Verstappen.
During the battle the German appeared to leave little room for the Dutchman. Max was forced to take to the escape route, and following a brief investigation by the stewards, Rosberg was hit with a five seconds time penalty.
The German try to clear his innocence. “Can you explain to them that I was full lock on the steering wheel,” he said over the team radio.
But TV replays suggested it was an implausible defence. After serving his penalty at his third and final pit stop, Rosberg emerged with 22 laps remaining behind both Ricciardo and Verstappen, and that is how it remained.
Following the race Mercedes chief Toto Wolff admits he has mixed emotions after Hamilton’s win and Rosberg’s struggles.
“First of all we needed the win and we’ve won all the races this season except one. This is why I’m happy but it’s bittersweet, we don’t know what happened at the start [with Rosberg].” Wolff told Sky F1.
I’m disappointed – Rosberg
“[Losing] the win and a good result. That’s what I’m disappointed in,” Rosberg told NBCSN after the race.
“I lost the race at the start. It was a big moment. Massive wheelspin. I don’t understand it. It was nothing I foresaw.”