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Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn has promised that there will be a ‘thorough’ investigation to look into what caused the failure that put Nico Rosberg out of the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday with just six laps to go.
Rosberg looked all set to finish sixth when his race came to an abrupt end on lap 48 and he went out on the entrance to Dunlop curve, briefly getting airborne before clouting the barriers hard. Although he escaped unharmed, it was quite a sizeable accident.
“It is very disappointing and frustrating that Nico was unable to finish the race. Our prime concern was for his safety and thankfully he is absolutely fine,” Brawn said post-race.
“We are looking into the cause of Nico's accident now and as always there will be a thorough investigation into what happened."
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Norbert Haug added: “Nico drove a faultless race and it was a good strategy to bring him in under the safety car on lap one.
"It is a real shame that he could not finish and sorry to him for that. We still need to investigate what happened.”
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