Nico Rosberg lost his shot at winning the British GP to a mechanical gearbox problem that left him stranded at trackside on the 29th lap.
Rosberg was just ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the time, and it was not yet clear how their respective strategies would play out. It was his first retirement of the year after he had finished first or second in the eight previous races, and it leaves him just four points clear of Hamilton.
Rosberg said he’d seen signs of an issue earlier in the race.
“There was one thing already before the start,” he said, “Or just after or something like that, which was weird. And then after that it sort of got worse and worse from lap 20 onwards. There were some occasions where I had neutral so I had to pull the clutch and go again, and then it just got worse and worse.
“My mentality changed to, ‘OK, let’s stop racing Lewis, and let’s just try and get this thing to the end somehow,’ because I have such a pace advantage, and I know that I can do some pretty radical things to try and keep this gearbox alive. But it was a mechanical problem, and there wasn’t anything that could be done.”
Rosberg said he would try find some positives: “What can I say, it was just a reliability problem, and a pity. So now we need to review it, and as always we need to push on and try and keep on working on any small reliability issues that we’re having, as we have done, and as we’re still doing.
“It’s difficult to find so many good feelings today, but tomorrow we’ll try to look for them again. I’m in the lead of the championship.”