2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg says he felt pain for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after a “strange decision” made by the FIA.
Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg was one of the first people to call out the FIA and Michael Masi on their decision to ignore the rules of the Safety Car and restart the race in the final lap, essentially presenting the world title to Max Verstappen on a silver platter.
Now Soymotor.com reports Rosberg told the Cross Country Rally on YouTube that he felt pain after seeing the end of the race.
“I felt pain, incredible pain,” the German said.
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“I don’t have anything to do with Mercedes now, but of course it’s my family from before, and an incredible pain.
“They were 99% sure they were going to win the World Championship until there were three laps to go.
“After losing it, and losing it in a fight like that, where they couldn’t do anything because the tyres had 50 laps on them…unbelievable pain.
“It’s a shame it ended up like that with a bit of a strange decision by the FIA,” Nico concluded.