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.

Provisional 2016 British Grand Prix result

Pos.

Driver

Team

1

Lewis

Mercedes

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Sergio Perez

Force India

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

9

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

10

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

11

Felipe Massa

Williams

12

Jenson Button

McLaren

13

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

14

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

15

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

16

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

17

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

DNF

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

DNF

Rio Haryanto

Manor

DNF

Romain Grosjean

Haas

DNF

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

DNF

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor

Hamilton wins dramatic British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his fourth victory at Silverstone after a dramatic race which started in the rain to close the gap in the championship to just four points.

Hamilton finished comfortably ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg who suffered with gearbox issues on the final few laps, but remains under investigation for radio messages coaching him on how to fix the problem.

Mercedes took a one-two finish at the flag but Nico Rosberg’s second place remains in doubt as the stewards are investigating assistance given to him by his team on the radio when he experienced a problem with his gearbox.

Max Verstappen took the flag in third place after racing hard with Rosberg and passing him around the outside at Becketts early in the race. Daniel Ricciardo, who lost time due to a Virtual Safety Car period early in the race, took fourth.

Kimi Raikkonen took fifth ahead of the two Force India drivers after passing Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz Jnr finished eighth ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was given a five second penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide while overtaking the Williams driver.

The final points scorer and last driver on the lead lap was Daniil Kvyat.

The first five laps of the race were run behind the Safety Car after a cloudburst 20 minutes before the start soaked the circuit.

2016 British GP grid

Pos.

Driver

Team

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Valterri Bottas

Williams

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

9

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

10

Sergio Perez

Force India

11

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

12

Felipe Massa

Williams

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas

14

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

15

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

17

Jenson Button

McLaren

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

19

Rio Haryanto

Manor

20

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor

21

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

DNQ

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

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