Nico Rosberg penalized for collision but keeps fourth

Nico Rosberg limps around to track en route to a fourth-place finish after leading the race with one lap to go.

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Nico Rosberg was given a 10-second penalty by the Austrian GP stewards for causing the last lap collision with Lewis Hamilton.

However, it did not make any difference to his fourth place, as he was 16 seconds clear of fifth-place Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg also received two penalty points on his license for the incident.

The two Mercedes drivers collided at Turn 2 on the last lap after Hamilton had the better exit from the previous corner, helped by the fact that Rosberg was suffering brake issues.

The stewards determined that Hamilton was “more than fully alongside” and that he “could have clearly made the turn on the track, if not for the resultant collision.” They concluded that “Car 6 did not allow car 44 racing room and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”

Rosberg also received a reprimand because he “continued on the track with a damaged car spreading debris and with the front wing detached.” The rules require a driver with serious mechanical difficulties to leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so.

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