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Lewis Hamilton lets rip at F1 chiefs as Rosberg cruises to Baku victory

By Ian Parkes

Published 20/06/2016

Team effort: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg celebrates with his mechanics in the team garage after winning the Grand Prix of Europe in Azerbaijan
Team effort: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg celebrates with his mechanics in the team garage after winning the Grand Prix of Europe in Azerbaijan
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP kisses his winners trophy during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks during the driver's parade ahead the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe at the Baku circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car at the Baku City Circuit, on June 19, 2016 in Baku, during the European Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: A track marshal with a Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP sign and an Azerbaijan flag before the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP on the grid before the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates with the team's crew after winning the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates with the team's crew after winning the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniil Kvyat of Russia driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates his win in parc ferme during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen steers his car at the Baku City Circuit, on June 19, 2016 in Baku, during the European Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Fans watch in the grandstands during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing on the grid before the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP, Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India celebrate on the podium during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) and the rest of the field at the start during the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 19, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton has accused Formula One's rule-makers of making the sport "dangerous" after the recently-introduced radio ban hampered his fightback in yesterday's European Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who finished only fifth on the sport's inaugural visit to Azerbaijan, reported a lack of power with his Mercedes from as early as lap four.

But after the FIA, the sport's governing body, introduced a new set of radio regulations on the eve of the new campaign - in the hope of placing more emphasis on the driver rather than the pit wall - Mercedes were forbidden from informing Hamilton how to resolve the problem.

The world champion then spent 12 laps, at a new track which has been billed as the fastest street circuit on the calendar, fiddling with different buttons and knobs on a steering wheel which has hundreds of different settings.

Hamilton, now 24 points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who cruised to his fifth victory of the season in Baku, was asked how it felt as he attempted to resolve the issue while racing at speeds in excess of 220mph.

"Dangerous," he replied. "I am just looking at my steering wheel for a large portion of the lap - all the way down the straight - just looking at my wheel.

"All the team can tell me is that there is a switch error, so I am looking at every single switch thinking, 'Am I being an idiot here? Have I done something wrong?'

"I hadn't. The engine switch has 16 positions, and in those positions there is like 20 positions, so I had no idea what the problem was and how to rectify it."

For Rosberg, he is unlikely to have experienced an easier and more dominant victory.

"It has been a great and awesome weekend," he said.

"Everything went cleanly from the beginning to the end.

"It was a special feeling in the car because it felt like I could do whatever I wanted and the car would just stick to the ground, so there was no risk of making a mistake."

Sebastian Vettel finished second for Ferrari.

Leading final positions after Race (51 Laps): 1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1hr 32mins 52.366secs, 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:33:09.062, 3 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:33:17.607, 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:33:25.468, 5 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:33:48.701, 6 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1:33:53.252, 7 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:34:01.595, 8 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:34:03.062, 9 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1:34:10.074, 10 Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1:34:17.741

World Championship Standings after European Grand Prix

Leading Drivers: 1 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 141pts, 2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 117, 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 96, 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 81, 5 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 78

Manufacturers: 1 Mercedes GP 258pts, 2 Ferrari 177, 3 Red Bull 140, 4 Williams 90, 5 Force India 59, 6 Scuderia Toro Rosso 32, 7 McLaren 24, 8 Haas F1 22, 9 Renault 6, 10 Sauber-Ferrari 0, 11 Manor Racing 0.

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