Nico Rosberg weighs in on Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel problem at Canadian GP
Vettel crossed the chequered flag in first place in Montreal yesterday but was stripped of his victory after incurring a five-second penalty.
Hamilton closely followed his Ferrari rival over the line to earn a fifth win of the season.
On lap 48, Vettel made a crucial error, cutting the corner at Turn 3 and then veering towards the path of the overlapping Hamilton, who was almost forced into the wall.
F1 stewards felt the German was guilty of dangerous driving and he was slapped with a penalty, which has many pundits split over the outcome.
However Rosberg, who partnered Hamilton at Mercedes before retiring in 2016, felt the punishment met the crime.
“First of all, it’s the same as usual,” Rosberg told his official YouTube channel.
“When Lewis and Vettel are together, Lewis puts the pressure on and we saw the typical thing, when the pressure is on and it’s a battle between Lewis and Vettel, Vettel just makes those mistakes.
“The pressure is on lap after lap and then he goes off the track.
“He goes off the track and rejoins screaming ‘I had dirt on my tyres, I was out of control, where do you want me to go, I couldn’t see Lewis’.
“But Lewis is there, and the rules say that when you go off the track, you need to rejoin safely.
“Vettel went all the way across and I think he easily could have left more space.
“Especially in the latter phase, when Lewis started braking, he could’ve easily left more space.
“But he didn’t, and Lewis saw it as a dangerous situation. I looked at the replay many many times – Lewis would’ve been in the wall had he stayed there. Vettel moved over more and more, and it was so tight, that Lewis would’ve touch either him or the wall.
“It’s very clear that unfortunately, it was an unsafe return to the track. You have to return safely, so a penalty is deserved in that case.”
However, Rosberg does wish the penalties were less severe to allow for more aggressive driving.
“But I fully agree that it sucks to have this kind of penalties,” he added.
“We want to see some great racing, and this was great racing.”
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