Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Data will prove I did nothing wrong – Rosberg

2014 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Rosberg says he can easily prove he did not deliberately cause a yellow flag during qualifying at Monaco to take pole position.

Rosberg is under investigation by the stewards after going off at Mirabeau on his last lap during Q3. That brought out the yellow flags, which meant team mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to beat his time.

The incident drew comparisons with Michael Schumacher parking his car at Rascasse during qualifying in 2006 in a bid to secure pole. Schumacher was judged to have done so deliberately and was sent to the back of the grid.

Rosberg told reporters after qualifying he had not done the same: “It’s easy for me to show that because it will be clear in the data that nothing’s majorly different from the lap before,” he said.

“I just braked that little bit late and deep and locked up and that’s it.”

Rosberg said he apologised to Hamilton because his error spoiled his team mate’s lap.

“Of course it’s not the way I want it to go,” he said . “I honestly thought that it was over when I went off the road so that definitely takes away some of the pleasure of it.”

“But in the end you know first is first so I’m still very happy about it.”

Rosberg said he was risking everything on his final run because he expected Hamilton to improve.

“My first lap, I really nailed that one, I was on it. I had a mega banker and I just needed to go for it because I knew Lewis was going to be close, track improving ever so slightly so I just had to go for it and I just exaggerated a little bit, unfortunately”.

“I think in Monaco the most important thing is starting from pole and I managed to do that so that’s the most important and I think the best position to be in for the race tomorrow,” he added.

“It’s still going to be a very tough race: really long, and also with tyres. And starts have been our weakness also as a team so we definitely need to concentrate and get that right and see how it goes.”

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  1. Please just watch this he did that on purpose, just look at the steering wheel, before braking he is steering to the right and when you then start braking it is very likely to lock up. Also the racing line to the corner is to cut from the outside to the inside, so whats the point of turning the wheel right left. He should get a penalty

  2. finally nico beats lewis and proves he is brainy

  3. Hmmm… I doubt Rosberg did it on purpose. But if he did, it might have been a good idea. Things weren´t looking too well in the non-political area of the sport, so opening the political battlefield gives another chance to him. Not sure wether Rosberg will be able to capitalise on that playing field in the long-run, though.

  4. I dont know why people think the mistake was genuine but the reversing was naughty.

    The line he took coming upto that corner was the weirdest thing in the first place. While i was watchin it live i said to myself why has he placed his car down the centre of the road heading into a right hander??? Then he get some very uncharacteristic handling of the car and has a strange right/left lock up.

  5. Comparing the pole lap and the “mistake” lap on youtube shows that NR took the same line on the straight before the turn up until the point when he made the sudden movements with his wheel. So the argument “he took a strange line” is actually not correct, after playing with the wheel the line must have been obviously different. The key question is why he did those movements. I wonder how much the stewards can learn about this precise moment from telemetry.

    I changed my mind about the reversing business. If he did stay put, Ricciardo would have been under yellow as well. By reversing out, at least some drivers had a chance at a clean run. I think we should reverse our judgement until we learn more, for instance whether there has been some conversation between NR and his pit lane.

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