Mercedes opts not to appeal Rosberg penalty

By on Monday, July 11, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes has decided not to appeal Nico Rosberg's time penalty at the British Grand Prix, having initially lodged a notice of intention to argue the sanction.

Rosberg finished the race in second position but Mercedes offered him instructions via the radio during the closing stages when his W07 Hybrid developed a gearbox problem.

Stewards deliberated for four hours before concluding that Mercedes' messages had breached Formula 1's regulations and handed Rosberg a 10-second penalty, demoting him to third spot.

Mercedes immediately lodged a notice of intention to appeal but less than 24 hours later it has changed its decision.

"The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team today decided to withdraw its notice of intention to appeal against the decision of the Stewards of the British Grand Prix," read a statement.

"We were able to prove to the Stewards that a car-stopping gearbox failure was imminent and, as such, were permitted within the rules to advise Nico of the required mode change.

"However, the advice to avoid seventh gear was considered to breach TD/016-16, and therefore Article 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations.

"The team accepts the Stewards' interpretation of the regulation, their decision and the associated penalty.

"During the coming weeks, we will continue discussions with the relevant F1 stakeholders on the subject of the perceived over-regulation of the sport. "

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