No penalty for Rosberg after incidents
23 April 2012 – Nico Rosberg has received neither a penalty nor a reprimand after being involved in incidents with both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the Bahrain Grand Prix. On both occasions, the respective McLaren and Ferrari drivers appeared to have been forced off the race track by the German on the run to Turn 4.
In a post-race investigation, four FIA stewards – one being experienced racing driver Emanuele Pirro – ruled that Rosberg’s move had been perfectly legitimate as, in the two cases, Hamilton and Alonso were not already alongside the Mercedes when it began to move across the circuit.
‘(Rosberg) commenced his move to the right after the exit from Turn 3 and moved to the right in a constant and continuous straight line manner, not making any sudden movements (as evidenced by telemetry and video evidence),’ the first stewards report reads. ‘At the time he commenced his move, (Hamilton) was behind him and no part of his car was alongside.’
Regarding the second moment, with Alonso, the report included:
‘No part of (Alonso) was alongside (Rosberg).’
The Ferrari driver clearly disagreed with the rulings, sharing his feelings on Twitter first in mother tongue Spanish, followed by English.
“I think you are going to have fun in future races!” he said. “You can defend position as you want and you can overtake outside the track! Enjoy! ;)))”
Rosberg passed Paul di Resta to seize fifth place in the final laps, remaining there despite a broken exhaust. His two rivals could not overhaul the Force India, with Alonso and Hamilton crossing the line in seventh and eighth positions.