Nico Rosberg criticised Sergio Perez’s driving after the pair made contact during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Perez picked up a left-rear puncture after Rosberg’s front wing touched his tyre at the hairpin.
“With Perez, was not right what he did,” said Rosberg in an interview with Sky. “Definitely dangerous.”
“The rules are clear if you brake and close the door you can’t move out again. I was there and he didn’t leave space so…
“But it worked out perfectly, he broke his tyre, I was through. So that was good there.”
Rosberg had no complaints about his drive-through penalty after the team released him into Perez’s in the pits earlier in the race.
“For sure well deserved,” said Rosberg of the penalty, “and I knew it was coming too”.
“It was obvious, a dangerous release so that was that and just a pity that happened and from then on it was always going to be difficult. I just dropped back so much and tried to fight through even some enjoyable battles at times.”
He ended the race eighth behind Esteban Gutierrez: “After that bit of a pity that I didn’t manage to pass Gutierrez in the end but as we know it’s not so easy to pass a Sauber.”
Rosberg said it had been “a very bad day” for Mercedes who lost more ground in the constructors’ championship after Lewis Hamilton retired early on.
No not ideal but still plenty of races to go and we’re still a bit stronger than Ferrari so I’m still confident we can make it happen.”
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