Mercedes F1 team drops appeal on Nico Rosberg penalty

Nico Rosberg finished ahead of Max Verstappen on track in Sunday's British GP, but lost second position to him due to a 10-second time penalty.

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The Mercedes F1 team has withdrawn its notice of intention to appeal against the Stewards’ decision to penalize Nico Rosberg 10-seconds following Sunday’s British GP.

The penalty thus stands, and drops Rosberg back from second to third position – behind Max Verstappen – in the race results. He is also now just one point ahead of teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the standings.

The gearbox on Rosberg’s Mercedes began to fail in the closing moments of Sunday’s race, and the team advised him to switch modes and also to avoid seventh gear in order to make it to the end.

While, under F1’s recent radio clampdown rules, teams are allowed to inform their drivers of changes if a car failure is imminent, the advice to avoid seventh gear was considered a breach of Article 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations.

The Mercedes F1 team stated that it now “accepts the Stewards’ interpretation of the regulation, their decision and the associated penalty,” but adds that “during the coming weeks, we will continue discussions with the relevant F1 stakeholders on the subject of the perceived over-regulation of the sport.”