Nico Rosberg has admitted that the error which cost him the chance of fighting for victory in Singapore was 'hugely disappointing' after the Williams driver had to settle for eleventh place in the race under lights.
Rosberg had qualified in a fine third place and achieved his pre-race aim of getting ahead of Sebastian Vettel on the run to turn one. The Williams driver then stayed in tough with leader Lewis Hamilton throughout his first stint, but made a crucial error on his first stop.
Exiting the pits, Rosberg ran wide over the white line which resulted in a drive-through penalty, with the penalty being increased when the Safety Car was deployed and bunched up the field prior to him returning to the pits.
That dropped Rosberg to the rear of the field and he said it was a horrible feeling when the news came through that he was going to be penalised.
“Today's outcome was hugely disappointing,” he said. “I made an unnecessary mistake by braking too late and running over the white line on the pitlane exit. Then the safety car came out at the worst possible moment. It left me with a really horrible feeling, also for the team, knowing that I wouldn't be second when I have served my drive-through penalty and I would have to spend the rest of the race at the back. The team gave me such a good car this weekend having put more effort into development than anyone else, and I am now determined to use this to best advantage in Japan.”