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Rosberg handed a 10-second time penalty, drops to third

Rosberg handed a 10-second time penalty, drops to third

Championship leader Nico Rosberg handed a 10-second time penalty at the British Grand Prix for breaching the radio rules, Rosberg drops to third after the penalty.

The German was finished the race in second place behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton but was subject of a post-race investigation following an illegal use of team radio.

The penalty sees him drop below Max Verstappen of Red Bull, who inherits second place, with the German losing three world championship points in the process

A statement issued by the FIA said that while some of the instructions Mercedes gave him were allowed, other parts of the advice were illegal.

“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,” it said.

“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.”

The Mercedes-Rosberg radio went as follows:

Rosberg: “Gearbox problem!”
Mercedes: “Affirm. Chassis default zero one”
Mercedes: “Avoid seventh gear, Nico”.
Rosberg: “Well what does that mean? I have to shift through it?”
Mercedes: “Affirm, Nico, Affirm. You have to shift through it.”

Rosberg is the first driver to penalised under the team radio restrictions introduced at the start of this season. The loss of one position closes his lead in the drivers’ standings over teammate Hamilton to just one point.

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