Following an investigation by the Stewards after the Austrian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg has been handed a 10-second time penalty along with two penalty points for his collision with Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg was found guilty of causing an avoidable collision with his teammate Hamilton on the final lap of the race as the pair scuffled for the lead at Turn Two.
The penalty, however, has no ramifications towards Rosberg’s race result as the German finished over 10-seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
A statement from the FIA read: “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the collision. Car 6 did not allow Car 44 “racing room” and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision”
Rosberg was also found guilty of driving on the track with a damaged car, spreading debris with his front wing detached, for which he received his first reprimand of the season.
“Article 22.11 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations requires a driver with serious mechanical difficulties to leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so. We do note the extenuating circumstances and the fact that the driver of Car 6 (ROS) did slow down significantly and attempted to mitigate the risk to other drivers and cars,” the FIA said.
Although Rosberg didn’t suffer a harsh consequence in terms of the championship standings, the fact the FIA had laid the blame for the incident solely on him will play a part within the team dynamic, as they can now take a side in their internal investigations.
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