Nico Rosberg said he was “going to have a good go” at overtaking Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for second place in the Italian Grand Prix when his engine expired on the penultimate lap of race.
Rosberg is now 53 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who won the race.
“Very, very disappointing for sure,” said Rosberg. “The whole weekend went wrong – it was very unlucky I think. So many repercussions, it wasn’t even an engine issue, it was a chassis issue that meant we had to change the engine.
“To have it explode two laps from the end is more disappointing for sure.
“I was going to have a good go at Vettel because finally I had the brakes cool enough to attack. I had backed-up the ERS a little bit so I was going to go for it. And at that moment it just blows up.
“It’s a fact that it’s a massive step in the wrong direction. Just when I need to catch up a few points, it’s been the biggest loss I’ve had in one day in the whole season. That’s very tough.
“We will keep going, we’re not giving up. Just keep fighting and try to win the next couple of races.”
Like Hamilton, Rosberg is also under investigation from race stewards over the tyre pressures on his car.