Mercedes will not be challenging Nico Rosberg’s demotion that cost him second place at the British GP.
Nobody was in agreement with the crackdown on Nico Rosberg at Silverstone. The German was alleged to have engaged in wrongful use of the radio transmissions, in accordance with the new restrictions put in place by F1 this year. He broke Article 27.1 by asking for assistance with a gearbox problem in the latter part of the race. Though Mercedes originally contested the penalty, they’ve now decided to say come what may and accept the Stewards’ decision.
“The Team accepts the Stewards’ interpretation of the regulation, their decision and the associated penalty.”
But does this mean the team have accepted that they were in the wrong? Not necessarily. In the very next subject, the team vow not to let the matter drop and will continue to challenge the legitimacy of the controversial rules as long as they are in place.
“During the coming weeks, we will continue discussions with the relevant F1 stakeholders on the subject of the perceived over-regulation of the sport.”
They wouldn’t be the only ones with a bone to pick with the restrictions. Though Red Bull boss Christian Horner has directly benefited from Rosberg’s demotion (Verstappen did rise to second place as a result after all), he is still of the opinion that the crackdown is “a rubbish rule which doesn’t make a great deal of sense”.
We don’t disagree. If more than one party remains perplexed and frustrated by the rules, the Stewards have an issue they need to address. Curtailing radio communications is tantamount to ensuring drivers are on their own out there, defeating the purpose of belonging to the team in the first place. It’s no surprise the protests have been almost unanimous across the board. The only person who’d defended the new regulations was Rosberg and we all know how that turned out for him.