British GP

Mercedes set to appeal team radio penalty

Mercedes look set to appeal the penalty applied for Nico Rosberg after advising how to mitigate a gearbox problem which could have ended the Germans race early.

The stewards of the British Grand Prix game Mercedes and Nico Rosberg a 10 second penalty, which saw the German fall behind Max Verstappen to third, leaving just a one point gap between him and Lewis Hamilton in the World Championship.

It all comes down to the interpretation of article 27.1 of the sporting regulations which states that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided. Mercedes on the other hand are sticking to the story that there was a critical problem with the car which needed to be communicated to the driver, which is allowed to be done under the regulation, but it was the instructions given to Rosberg which have come under fire.

Christian Horner before the ruling said the result would set a president for the rest of the season, “It’s all fair game for the rest of the year and there’ll be loads of messages that will take into account whether it is worth five seconds or not, or a reprimand”.

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