Rosberg rues costly mistake

Nico RosbergMercedes’ Nico Rosberg (7/2 2014 Drivers’ Championship outright) has admitted that he got it completely wrong in Sochi on Sunday as he allowed team mate Lewis Hamilton to increase his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.

Rosberg started well in the first ever Formula One event in Russia but his good start was to be short lived after making a very costly error.

The German began the race from second on the grid and made a better start than Hamilton as he looked to take the lead going into Turn 1.

However, Rosberg (9/4 2014 USA Grand Prix winner) locked up and went wide, damaging his tyres as he had to go off-track and being forced to make an early pit stop.

The 29-year-old rejoined the race from the back of the field but showed his ability as he worked his way through the field to finish in second behind the Brit.

The former Williams man admitted that he threw away an opportunity to make things tight at the top of the standings after paying the price for an ‘unnecessary’ mistake.

Rosberg said: “I just went completely wrong and I don’t understand it.

“It was actually an easy situation. It’s just the first time at this track, first time down there with 160kg (of fuel) in the tank. I just got it wrong completely.

“It was just a mistake on my side. I just braked too late, that was it. Very unnecessary. It was my corner and should have been the lead I had. Very disappointed with that.”

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