Brawn GP will have to wait until at least Brazil to secure the F1 constructors' title after race stewards deemed that Nico Rosberg did not deserve a penalty for an incident during the Safety Car period late in the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rosberg was summoned before the stewards following the race after title leader Jenson Button claimed that the Williams man had set a best sector time while returning to the pits to make his second stop after the Safety Car had been deployed following Jaime Alguersuari's accident.
Rosberg was able to jump ahead of Button as a result of his second stop to deny Brawn the chance to secure the constructors' crown, but the stewards decision not to apply a penalty means the Brackley-based team will have to wait to take the crown – with a single point in Brazil being all that is now needed to put them out of reach of Red Bull.
“The Race Director reported to the Stewards that Car #16, Nico Rosberg exceeded the time delta from when the "Safety Deployed" message was displayed until crossing the Safety Car line,” a statement from the FIA read. “The Stewards met with the driver and the team representatives and considered the telemetry data, GPS records, timekeeping and video evidence. This evidence showed a "low fuel" message on the drivers display had overridden the time delta information preventing the driver from being able to accurately follow the timing information.
“However the telemetry data shows that the driver from a safety point of view had reacted adequately to the yellow flags and safety car boards. In view of this the Stewards intend to take no further action.”