Nico Rosberg says he got “pissed off” when Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton pushed him wide at turn 1, dropping him to 10th position in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Rosberg tried to get past slow-starting Hamilton on the outside of turn 1, but the two drivers made contact, forcing Rosberg to take to the escape road.
The German immediately fell down the pack, forcing him onto a race-long recovery driver.
Asked about his opinion of the first corner incident, Rosberg said: "Sebastian [Vettel] made a good start, I had a decent one and Lewis had a really bad one,’’ he explained.
"My position was on the outside and in Barcelona I gave it a go around the outside of Lewis and it worked out really well. I went for the same again today and he did a really hard racing manoeuvre, we touched and I was off, and that's it. It didn't work out.”
"I was very pissed off in the moment, but that's racing in the end and it's my job to make sure I'm in front after a battle like that next time. It was very costly for me because I lost a lot of places and from then it was an uphill battle trying to fight back,’’ he added.
Rosberg’s recovery driver was hampered when he suffered a slow puncture, forcing him to make an additional stop.
An attempt to pass Max Verstappen for fourth position also turned into a futile exercise due to a combination of low fuel and a costly spin on the penultimate lap.
“From there I did my best to fight back and I there was a chance of a podium – but then I got the puncture and had to pit again – dammit!,’’ he said.
“I was pushing hard after that to regain the positions but it was a massive mission managing the car with brake warnings coming on and running low on fuel. It was a good battle with Max – again, on the limit but good racing.” I tried everything to get past him and had a massive spin at the end.”
by Rachit Thukral