Nico Rosberg has reacted to his premature exit from the Russian Grand Prix by branding the throttle problem that caused his retirement as “unbelievable”.
Rosberg had led the race for five laps despite encountering an issue with the throttle from the first safety car period.
He was eventually forced to concede the lead after a big moment at Turn 2, handing it to World Championship leading teammate Lewis Hamilton, and then toured back to the pits to retire.
“It’s not nice when there’s a problem with the throttle pedal,” said Rosberg. “First time I noticed it was during the safety car period.
“That’s a bit of a worry, especially [as] it was coming more and more in my direction, so in the end I have to lift my complete leg off the pedal to come off the throttle, and then I can’t steer any more. The knee was hitting the steering wheel.
“It’s unbelievable that something like that has to happen."
When asked how he feels about his championship hopes, he replied: “Now I don’t think about it, I’m just disappointed about today, I’ll think about the rest afterwards.
"I never write anything off and picking up is never a problem either.”