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Rosberg happy with stewards' decision

Nico Rosberg had a lot to discuss with the race stewards after the Bahrain Grand Prix, but was happy with their decision - even if Fernando Alonso definitely wasn't.
Nico Rosberg was involved in two of the more aggressive race moves during the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first being between Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on lap 11 and the second some 20 laps later with Fernando Alonso.

Stewards announced the race that the incidents would both be looked at after the chequered flag, leading many to expect that Rosberg would get a penalty or at least a reprimand for one or both of his moves which saw first Hamilton and later Alonso end up off the track and into the Sakhir dust.

However the four stewards for the race - Garry Connelly, Radovan Novak, Emanuele Pirro and Mazen Al Hilli - found in favour of Rosberg on both occasions and unanimously decided to take no further action over either incident.

In the case of the clash with Hamilton, the stewards reviewed video and telemetry evidence and concluded that the Mercedes #8 commenced his move coming out of turn 3 and "moved to the right in a constant and continuous straight line manner, not making any sudden movements," at which point no part of the McLaren #4 car was alongside him after coming out of the pit lane from his first stop for tyres.

Hamilton was behind Rosberg for half the run down the following straight, and the stewards said that "because the delta speed between the two cars was quite significant it was difficult for car 8 to detect the exact position of car 4 in relation to his own car."

Hamilton only got alongside Rosberg by running off the track limits, the stewards concluded. If that had not been the case, "then the actions of car 8 may not have been considered legitimate."

The stewards issued an almost identical statement in the case of the clash with Alonso, although in this case the Ferrari #5 had been unable to pass the Mercedes so the published decision simply concludes that "no part of car 5 was alongside that of car 8" at any point.

"There was the two incidents with Lewis and Fernando which were both definitely good racing," summed up Nico Rosberg in his official post-race video blog post. "I even had to go to [the] stewards for that and thankfully the stewards judged that it was tough but okay so I didn't get a penalty for that."

Alonso was clearly less happy with the outcome. "If instead of such a wide run-off area there had been a wall, I'm not sure I'd be here to talk about it.

"He pushed me off the track," he insisted. "You have to leave a space. All the time you have to leave a space."

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April 23, 2012 1:04 PM

Shame on the FIA Race Stewards. Rule makers and enforcers must be consistant. There is no way NR's driving was OK. This decision could cause an F1 Driver to get hurt in the future. Unacceptable.


April 23, 2012 12:55 PM

Alonso subsequently adding on Twitter that "I think you are going to have fun in future races! You can defend position as you want and you can overtake outside the track Enjoy Nico got lucky. But for the rest of the year it is ok to run Nico off the track with no penalties. Nico better be ready.

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