Rosberg: Being blamed sucks

Date published: July 4 2016

Nico Rosberg not only lost the Austrian GP victory on Sunday but was blamed for the collision that led to his defeat, which he says "sucks."

The German was leading at the start of the final lap but team-mate Lewis Hamilton had closed right up on his rear wing.

Hamilton made a move around the outside and, according to Rosberg's earlier statement "turned in" on him, resulting in the two touching and Hamilton running wide.

The Brit returned to the track, the two touched again, and Rosberg was left with a broken front wing and down in fourth place.

The stewards, though, ruled that he "did not allow Car 44 “racing room” and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision."

Rosberg was slapped with a 10-second time penalty but still retained P4 on the day.

"I got penalised by the stewards for the incident," he told Autosport.

"I got 10 seconds, which doesn't change my result, but they give me the blame, which sucks.

"I respect that, but I'm of a different opinion. It doesn't help.

"I also got a reprimand for the broken front wing because it's deemed dangerous.

"I tried to drive as carefully as possible."

The outcome of the result means Rosberg's lead in the Drivers' Champioship has been reduced to just 11 points.

And with the British GP taking place this weekend, he admits he needs to bounce back fast.

"It's really hard to get over something like that because I had the win in the bag, I was convinced I'd win it," he said.

"Then to lose it like that on the last lap, especially in those circumstances, that's a pretty tough one.

"I'm really gutted also for the team because it's so bad every time when we collide like that.

"It's terrible. It's really the worst thing that can happen.

"I didn't lose that many points today, but for the team it's really not good.

"I'll try and forget it as quickly as possible, and enjoy some family time, and then the next race comes up so quickly.

"I just want to come back strong again and go for another win."