Rosberg moves on from Silverstone radio drama


Nico Rosberg will contest the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend knowing his lead in the Formula One drivers' championship hangs by a thread.

The German once held a 43-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton but saw that gap trimmed to one at Silverstone last time out.

Rosberg finished second behind Hamilton at the British Grand Prix but was dropped to third because of a 10-second penalty after being ruled to have received illegal assistance via team radio as he experienced gearbox issues late in the race.

Despite seeing his once healthy gap to Hamilton all but erased, Rosberg has been taking a glass-half-full approach when reflecting on his season so far, but is set to race at another track where history favours the Briton.

Hamilton has won four times at the Hungaroring, a circuit where Rosberg has never experienced victory or claimed pole, leaving the German with a significant task to halt the momentum of a driver who has prevailed in four of the last five races.



The fall-out from Mercedes' breach of the restrictions on team radio has led race director Charlie Whiting to reportedly tighten the rules in a new technical directive to teams. 

Any message relating to a problem with the car must now include an irreversible instruction to come into the pits to fix the issue or retire from the race.

With that clarification Rosberg is putting the Silverstone incident behind him as he bids to halt the surge of defending world champion Hamilton.

"Radio communication was reviewed to be beyond what's allowed. I have to accept that," Rosberg said of the penalty at the drivers' media conference.

"Things have been clarified once more. It's clear, it's a thing of the past."


The rise of Red Bull's teenage sensation Max Verstappen continued at Silverstone, sweeping past Rosberg with a superb overtake round the outside of Becketts in a thrilling battle for second at Silverstone.

Verstappen's third podium of the season put him at 90 points for the campaign, 16 adrift of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in third place.

A title in his maiden season is likely beyond the Dutchman, but he has his sights set on catching Raikkonen and being the best of the rest behind the two Mercedes drivers.

"We are pretty close, so we will see where we end up at the end of the season," Verstappen said.

"It will be between third or sixth - hopefully. You try to do the best possible race every race and we see after Abu Dhabi where we are."


A mainstay on the F1 calendar since 1986, the Hungaroring is a substantial challenge to the set-up of an F1 car.

It is 4.38 kilometres in length and features a series of tight and twisty turns as well as a number of changes in elevation.

While the track is known as something of a street circuit without the houses, it still provides plenty of opportunities for overtaking.


Traditionally dry, some inclement weather could come into play this weekend.

It is expected to be sunny and dry on Friday but there is the possibility of thunderstorms on Saturday and showers on race day.


The red supersoft compound appears to be the favoured tyre of choice among the teams.

Ferrari have stocked up on nine sets of supersofts for Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, while Rosberg and Hamilton have been provided with eight sets.

The white medium compound tyre is clearly not expected to come into play too much, with Force India the only team to take multiple sets for their drivers.