Crossing the white line

Date published: July 13 2016

Because no grand prix weekend goes off without a hitch…

Nico Rosberg & Mercedes, radio ban
Rosberg did his overtaking on the track but still lost second place to Max Verstappen through a stewards’ decision three hours after the chequered flag at the British Grand Prix.

He lost seventh gear in the final laps of the grand prix but it was the advice he received about dealing with it from his race engineer that would ultimately cost him 10 seconds.

Penalised for breaching Formula 1’s ban on radio communications – the team “gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive” – Rosberg was demoted from second to third, a loss of three points in the title race.

There was some consolation as, without the advice, he may have parked it and that would have meant the lead in the standings.

Marcus Ericsson, a touch too wide
Marcus Ericsson was left “bruised” and “aching” after hitting the inside barrier due to a mistake, a minor one at that, at the exit of Stowe.

The Sauber driver flew across the track and slammed into the tyre barrier with enough force that his steering wheel became detached.

The mistake cost Ericsson “some sore parts on my body”, but it was Sauber who paid the heavier price, perhaps as much as £1 million as the team had to build him a new chassis overnight.

Jolyon Palmer & Renault, unsafe release
Palmer’s British GP was a day to remember, his first and possibly last home race in F1, and it was one to forget.

Let down by Renault once too often, he had a 10-second stop-go penalty after his team released him in the pits without a right-rear tyre.

Lapping far outside the points, he was put out of his misery on lap 40 with a gearbox problem.

Ferrari reliability, gearbox
Three problems with Ferrari’s gearbox during the last two grands prix are a “concern” according to Maurizio Arrivabene, who admits it is “something that needs to be solved as soon as possible.”

Vettel suffered his third gearbox problem of the campaign in Practice Three at Silverstone, earning the driver a five-place grid penalty.

The team boss revealed that Ferrari had yet to get to the root of the problem, saying: “I suspect that it’s related to the material. I hope it’s not related to the calculation.”

A scrappy afternoon had Vettel recover to ninth place.

Sergio Perez, speeding
Sergio Perez was done twice for speeding in the pit lane before he finally reported: “My pit limiter is not working properly.”

Tut, tut.

Melvill