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."