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Rosberg under investigation for off-track excursion during Q3

May 24, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

Monaco F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Nico Rosberg is under investigation after bringing out yellow flags during the final part of qualifying yesterday, inadvertently securing himself pole position by denying his rivals the chance to better his time.

After the first set of runs during Q3, he enjoyed a 0.059 second advantage over his teammate, giving Hamilton one more chance to secure his first pole position at Monaco. However, during his final flying lap, the German made a mistake at Mirabeau, and was forced to take evasive action down a slip road to avoid hitting the wall.

Although this did end Rosberg’s qualifying early, it also brought out yellow flags that meant none of the other drivers could post a lap time that was better than his, thus securing himself pole position.

In the post-qualifying press conference, Rosberg apologized to Hamilton for accidentally denying him the chance to go for pole. However, Hamilton just mumbled: “I was a couple of tenths up…” and said little more.

Then, speaking to the media after the race, Hamilton was asked whether he thought the move was deliberate.

“Who knows?” he said. When pressed further, he said: “I’m not saying anything.”

Rosberg is now under investigation by the stewards for going off during the final part of qualifying. The stewards are also looking at incidents of blocking involving Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat.

The incident is reminiscent of Michael Schumacher’s act of cheating in 2006, when he deliberately stopped his car at La Rascasse to secure pole position for Ferrari. Here, he clearly had no intention of making the corner, and was duly excluded from qualifying by the stewards.

  1. wiscpaul - May 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    “inadvertently”, “made a mistake”, F1 is a billion dollar game of chess.
    There was no mistake. If Rosberg doesn’t get penalized, Hamilton will want to settle it on the track, and that will be fun to watch. They’ll crash and RedBull will be there. Great stuff.

  2. wiscpaul - May 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    p.s. Go Ferrari !

  3. kitnamania13 - May 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I don’t think it was deliberate, but I’m sure Hamilton thinks it was. It will be interesting to see how he responds after feeling he was wronged. I also can easily see two Mercedes off the road at Ste Devote on lap 1.

  4. kitnamania13 - May 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    pps: Nice job cutting out of the drvier interviews, NBC!

  5. 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    It’s chess match indeed. Rosberg gets slick, apologizes, and Hamilton call him out which now pits Rosberg in a tight spot if team orders are called in. Probably should’ve been done behind closed doors as teammates. But whatever. The more drama, the more exciting it is.

  6. f1spd - May 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Why did you cut away from the driver interviews? We don’t need to hear the guys talk about them when we could actually watch them instead.

  7. techmeister1 - May 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Hammy has never been a team player. That’s why Alonso left McLaren when Hammy was there. Hammy cost Alonso and McLaren the world championship by his failure to do what he was told. Hammy thinks he’s better than other people. Many have proven him wrong.

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