Nico Rosberg has been relegated to third place in the final British Grand Prix standings after stewards handed him a 10 second penalty for breaching radio communication rules.
Rosberg encountered a potentially terminal gearbox problem towards the latter end of the race, requiring Mercedes to instruct him to solve the issue.
But stewards deemed that the team breached Article 38.3 of the regulation which states the the driver must driver the car 'alone and unaided'.
As a result, 10 seconds were added to Rosberg's race time, demoting him to third place. He had originally finished second.
“Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16,” read a statement from the stewards. “However, the Stewards determined that the team then went further and gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive, and were in Breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”
Following the change in results, Lewis Hamilton moves within one point of Rosberg in the drivers standings.
by Rachit Thukral
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