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Rosberg given penalty

Nico Rosberg docked five spots on German GP grid after gearbox change
Nico Rosberg will take a five place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix after Mercedes elected to carry out a precautionary gearbox change ahead of the Hockenheim weekend.

The German made a solid start to the weekend in Friday practice, setting the seventh quickest time after two 90 minute sessions hit by mixed weather conditions.

Despite the fact he now has the penalty hanging over him ahead of Saturday's qualifying session, Rosberg said he felt confident about his chances for the weekend ahead having run well in the differing conditions that kick-started his home event.

"We learned a lot today as we were able to test in the different track conditions, and use the wet, intermediate and dry tyres,” he said, “so I guess we are well prepared for whatever the weekend brings.

“Unfortunately we have to change my race gearbox here as a precaution after discovering an issue after Silverstone. So I will receive a five-place penalty which is a shame for our home race but I will push hard to gain a good result.

“As we have seen this season, a lot can happen in the race."

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Alan - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 6:15 PM

Enough of this nonsense of penalising the driver when the car has a mechanical fault, its a joke that a driver can have his race/championship ruined over something that is beyond his control. If they want to hand out stupid penalties then take constructor points off the team as their the one's who build/design the car, not the driver.

ME - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 10:05 PM

Sorry JoeS but the WCC is where most of the money is. Winning the WCC gets the teams millions and title sponsorship sticks with the team not the driver - Marlboro and Shell are major contributors to Ferrari. Drivers do contribute though. I chose Ferrari specifically for this example because they are in a very interesting marketing position in F1 and BE knows it. Ferrari is known world wide and is recognizable by non-race fans. Everyone knows that Ferrari builds fast sports cars. When another team beats Ferrari, the recognition is huge and the association is pretty well instant. Team X just beat Ferrari who build fast cars - wow I didn't know Team X was that good. . Not so much when, for example Lotus or Williams, is the beaten team. Although we easily recognize those names, the majority of the population would be not even know you were talking about a motor vehicle.

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