Rosberg: Safety Car ruined race

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg believes that the timing of the first Safety Car ruined his chances of victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rosberg led away from pole in wet conditions before the Safety Car was deployed due to Marcus Ericsson's accident.

Rosberg, along with several others, missed the pit entry and had to wait another lap, dropping down the order as a result.

The German eventually recovered to fourth place, although he saw his lead over Lewis Hamilton trimmed to 11 points after his team-mate recovered to third place.

"The first Safety Car came out at the worst possible moment," he said.

"That hurt my race a lot as up to then it was going well, but things like that happen. Not unusual that things go wrong. Strategy was not the right thing to do."

"I had a chance [on Hamilton] on the last lap, very annoyed I wasn’t able to make it happen. Lewis made a mistake, I tried around the outside but it didn’t work out."

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff agreed that Rosberg's race was hurt by the timing of the Safety Car.

"We were unlucky with the Safety Car ,we had a solid gap, the guys running 1-2-3 went 4-7-8 but that’s racing.

"The Safety Car came out in a moment when the top guys passed the main straight. Nico, Sebastian [Vettel] and Valtteri [Bottas] ended up nowhere."


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