Grid penalties for Sainz and Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg has been given a one-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix.

Force India were found to have used a set of tyres during qualifying which they had notified the FIA would not be used following the final practice session. Teams are required to return one set of tyres before qualifying begins.

These tyres are scanned electronically to notify the FIA they will no longer be used. However one of the scanned sets was fitted to Hulkenberg’s car during qualifying in error.

Hulkenberg’s comparatively light sanction sees him moved back one place on the grid from seventh to eighth, promoting Valtteri Bottas.

Carlos Sainz meanwhile was driver was found to have held Felipe Massa up at turn two during Q2.

Sainz failed to progress beyond that stage of qualifying while Massa was eliminated.

Sainz was also given a three place grid penalty and two penalty points for the incident. The penalty drops him from 13th on the grid to 16th.

Mercedes scrap appeal into Rosberg penalty

Mercedes has confirmed it will not appeal against the penalty Nico Rosberg received in the British Grand Prix.

Rosberg was given a ten-second time penalty for receiving forbidden assistance via the team radio while trying to solve a problem with his gearbox.

“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,” said the team in 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.”

Rosberg drops to third after radio message penalty

Nico Rosberg has been handed a 10-second time penalty after breaching radio rules at the British Grand Prix.

Rosberg finished second in the race behind his team mate Lewis Hamilton and ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but in the closing laps he was helped by his Mercedes engineers when hit by a gearbox problem.

Over the radio he was told to change a chassis setting when the problem struck and also to not drive with seventh gear and instead bypass to eighth.

A statement issued by the FIA said that while some of the instructions Mercedes gave him were allowed, other parts of the advice were illegal.

“Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16,” it said.

“However, the Stewards determined that the team then went further and gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive, and were in Breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

The penalty means that Rosberg moves down to third place promoting Max Verstappen to second.

In the drivers’ championship Rosberg now lies just a single point ahead of Hamilton.

Rosberg handed time-penalty for Hamilton collision

After several hours of deliberation by the race stewards, Nico Rosberg was handed a 10-second time penalty and reprimand following his crash with team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes duo collided on the final lap of the race as Rosberg attempted to prevent Hamilton from passing.

The stewards said: “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e. more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision.

“Car 6 did not allow Car 44 ‘racing room’ and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”

The championship leader was also awarded two penalty points for the accident and a reprimand for not having stopped while his car was damaged.

“The driver continued on the track with a damaged car spreading debris and with the front wing detached but recognition of extenuating circumstances, that he slowed down and tried to mitigate risk to other drivers and cars.”

On the first lap in Spain both crashed out of the race after colliding into each other while in Canada contact between the pair left Rosberg compromised for the rest of the race going into turn one.

Rosberg hit with grid penalty

Nico Rosberg has been handed a five-place grid-penalty following his crash in final practice.

Photo published for Austria Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg crashes in final practiceDamage to the suspension and gearbox meant that a new box had to be fitted, resulting in the automatic penalty.

Mercedes endured a troubled final practice, as championship leader Rosberg brought out the red flag as his left rear suspension failed, pitching him into the barriers on the exit of turn two, heavily damaging all four corners of his Mercedes.

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