Nico Rosberg is halfway towards a one-race ban after being given penalty points for his collision with Kimi Raikkonen during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rosberg was given two penalty points taking him up to a total of six. Drivers receive an automatic one-race ban if they reach twelve.
He was given a ten-second time penalty for the incident, which had no effect on his finishing position as he was over ten seconds ahead of Raikkonen at the flag.
Rosberg admitted his move had been “aggressive” but said he didn’t expect to get a penalty for it.
“I went for it and we touched and that’s it,” he said. “I can’t remember the details.”
“For sure it was an aggressive move and they judged it to be a bit too aggressive and that’s it. I didn’t think I was going to get a penalty at the time.”
Rosberg said he was “surprised” to get a penalty. “I had to give it a go at some point and I saw the opportunity, so I went for it.”
“You need to be creative and wherever a chance comes, take it. I thought it was an aggressive move but still okay, to be honest. That’s what we race for. But I accept the decision and luckily it didn’t have an influence on the result, as we had a better pace than Ferrari.”
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