Rosberg labels error 'very unnecessary'

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg labelled his first lap error as 'very unnecessary' as he cost himself a chance of victory at the Russian Grand Prix.

Rosberg challenged his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton into Turn Two but locked up and had to pit at the end of the first lap for fresh Prime tyres.

From there he stayed out until the end of the race and recovered to second, limiting the damage to his championship hopes against Hamilton.

"It was just a mistake on my side," he said.

"I just braked too late, that was it. Very unnecessary. It was my corner and should have been the lead I had. Very disappointed with that.

"After that my tyres were square so I couldn't see where I was going and had to pit. I thought that was the end of the day but then partly I'm happy to have managed to get back all the way to second.

"In hindsight, I could have pushed more during the race. It's always easy to know more afterwards. In the end my tyres were fine. It is a pity but difficult to know that during the race."

Rosberg now trails Hamilton in the championship by 17 points.


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