Nico Rosberg has said that Sebastian Vettel was “out of control” at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix, as the Ferrari driver hit and spun Rosberg at the first corner.
Vettel attempted a dive into the first corner carrying too much speed and hit the rear of Rosberg’s Mercedes, sending him into a spin.
The Stewards deemed Vettel at fault and slapped the German with a three-place grid penalty for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
“After Turn 1 it was very dark because I thought that was it, and I didn’t think I could continue,” Rosberg said after the race.
“I really put the knife between my teeth and went for it, fought my way through and gave it everything and had some great battles.
“It’s very surprising and [I’m] pleased to be back on the podium from last, of course points-wise it’s in my favour the way going today.”
While Rosberg’s recovery drive from last was successful as he finished on the podium, the Mercedes driver accepts the punishment handed to him after his aggressive move on Kimi Räikkönen for third position at Turn 2.
Rosberg was handed a 10-second time penalty for the incident, but after a Virtual Safety Car allowed him to pit for a fresh set of tyres, he was able to build a gap over the Ferrari driver in fourth to secure his third position.
“I’m fortunate that it didn’t cost me a position in the race, of course,” Rosberg continued.
“I had to give it everything lap after lap again in the end there to re-gap that 10 seconds to make sure we had a 10 second gap, and at the same time save the engine because of Lewis’ problem.”
“You just take it as it comes, and I saw the opportunity and knew I had to give it a go at some point and of course be a bit aggressive to get by. That’s it.”
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