Rosberg: Vettel deserved his penalty

Jamie Woodhouse
Nico Rosberg believes Sebastian Vettel is now the clear number two driver at Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg believes Sebastian Vettel is now the clear number two driver at Ferrari.

Never one to go with the flow, 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg has said Sebastian Vettel deserved his five-second penalty in Canada.

The Ferrari man was given his five-second time penalty after being judged by the stewards to have rejoined the track in an unsafe manner and forcing Lewis Hamilton to take evasive action after going off at Turns 3/4.

The ruling meant that Vettel, who had taken pole and dominated the race at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, as bumped down to second with Hamilton taking the win.

There was overwhelming support for a disgusted Vettel after the incident, but Rosberg isn’t one of those people., even though before the race he had said he wanted Vettel to win after six-straight P1’s for his former team Mercedes.

“First of all, it’s the same as usual,” he while live streaming on his YouTube channel.

“When Lewis and Vettel are together, Lewis puts the pressure on and we saw the typical thing, when the pressure is on and it’s a battle between Lewis and Vettel, Vettel just makes those mistakes.

“The pressure is on lap after lap and then he goes off the track. He goes off the track and rejoins screaming ‘I had dirt on my tyres, I was out of control, where do you want me to go, I couldn’t see Lewis’.

“But Lewis is there, and the rules say that when you go off the track, you need to rejoin safely. Vettel went all the way across and I think he easily could have left more space. Especially in the latter phase, when Lewis started braking, he could’ve easily left more space.

“But he didn’t, and Lewis saw it as a dangerous situation. I looked at the replay many many times – Lewis would’ve been in the wall had he stayed there. Vettel moved over more and more, and it was so tight, that Lewis would’ve touch either him or the wall.

“It’s very clear that unfortunately, it was an unsafe return to the track. You have to return safely, so a penalty is deserved in that case.”

However, Rosberg did agree that the incident robbed everyone of what looked likely to be a fantastic battle between Vettel and Hamilton for the win.

“But I fully agree that it sucks to have this kind of penalties. We want to see some great racing, and this was great racing,” he explained.

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