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Mercedes do U-turn after Nico is hit with penalty

By Ian Parkes

Published 12/07/2016

Nico Rosberg was hit by a timed penalty in the British Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg was hit by a timed penalty in the British Grand Prix

Mercedes have announced they will not challenge the decision by the stewards to penalise Nico Rosberg with a timed penalty in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Rosberg finished behind winner Lewis Hamilton at the Silverstone race, but was subsequently demoted to third after he was hit with a 10-second timed penalty for a breach of the sport's strict radio rules.

Following a investigation, the stewards determined that Rosberg's Mercedes team were guilty of instructing him how to resolve a gearbox issue.

Mercedes initially said it was their intention to appeal the verdict but in a statement released last night, Formula One's all-conquering team said they will now be taking no further action.

Hamilton will head to the Hungarian Grand Prix just one point behind Rosberg in the championship.

"The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team today decided to withdraw its notice of intention to appeal against the decision of the stewards of the British Grand Prix," the statement read.

"We were able to prove to the stewards that a car-stopping gearbox failure was imminent and, as such, were permitted within the rules to advise Nico of the required mode change. However, the advice to avoid seventh gear was considered to breach TD/016-16, and therefore Article 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations.

"The team accepts the stewards' interpretation of the regulation, their decision and the associated penalty."

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