Nico Rosberg has been hit with a 10-second time penalty following an investigation into his Mercedes team radioing him instructions to fix his ailing gearbox late in the British GP.
Towards the end of the race, Rosberg’s times began to drop and his team advised him that his car was suffering from a gearbox problem. The German asked what he should do to avoid his car retiring from the race, to which his team provided instructions to try and different engine map setting, before specifically telling him to avoid seventh gear.
This resulted in 10-seconds being added to Rosberg’s time and promotes Max Verstappen into second place.
A statement from the FIA read: “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.
“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 result in the standings sees Rosberg’s lead to his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the championship down to just a single point.
When asked what would have happened to Rosberg’s car had the team not advised what he should do, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: “It [the car] would have been stuck in 7th gear and that would have been the end probably.”
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