Tuesday, 29 July 2014

First safety car affected chances of victory

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Championship leader Nico Rosberg has stated that he believes the timing of the first safety car on lap eight of the Hungarian Grand Prix at the weekend cost him a chance of taking victory in the race. Following Caterham's Marcus Ericsson's crash both the Safety and Medical cars were deployed with Rosberg getting caught behind the medical car which circulates the track at a slower pace to the Safety car and the safety car.

Speaking to the media following the race, Rosberg who now leads the drivers championship by eleven points commented:

'It was just the safety car. They sent it out at the wrong time, I got stuck behind it and it was so slow that all those guys who managed to pit first got by me then - and that is not supposed to be the case.'

When the first safety car was deployed Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso had just come onto the main straight so as eventual race winner Daniel Ricciardo had taken the lead from McLaren's Jenson Button and Williams Martini Racing's Felipe Massa.

Rosberg went on to finish the race in fourth place just behind team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg now heads into the Summer break with an eleven point advantage in the championship standings.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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