Bad stopwatch adds to Rosberg's woes
THE stopwatch never lies, they say in Formula One, but in Nico Rosberg's case it did and that was one of several things which went wrong for the German in a woeful home race on Sunday.
He was hit with a five-second time penalty
for forcing Max Verstappen off the track in his bid
to overtake the Red Bull
on lap 29 of the 67-lap
race at Hockenheim.
But when the Mercedes driver pulled into the pits, he was stationary for eight seconds instead of the required five.
"Stopwatch failure," team boss Toto Wolff explained after the race.
"The damn thing failed, it didn't function like it should have done. Once we realised, we had to take it safe and this is why it took longer than normal."
Rosberg, who started on pole after putting in a scorching lap under pressure in Saturday's qualifying session, finished a disappointing fourth
But the delay made little difference to his race.
The German lost the
lead off the line to team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton.