Rosberg given second reprimand
13 October 2013 – Nico Rosberg has been given his second reprimand of the season by governing body the FIA, meaning the Mercedes driver is just one away from a 10-place grid penalty.
The German, who starts the Japanese Grand Prix in sixth position, was adjudged to have slowed unreasonably through the high speed 130R corner during Saturday's final practice session, with Caterham's Charles Pic having to take avoiding action.
Having assessed the relevant television footage and telemetry data, the stewards – including ex-Formula 1 racer Emanuele Pirro – opted to hand out the sanction.
"Car 9 [Rosberg] slowed to less than 90 km/h when car 20 [Pic] was closing at full speed on the straight," read a statement issued by the Suzuka stewarding panel. "The speed differential was approximately 200 km/h at the point where car 20 needed to decide on which side to pass. The driver of car 9 conceded that he should have more clearly indicated to car 20 on which side he could pass, by moving to one side."
Rosberg's previous reprimand was picked up when he failed to slow sufficiently for yellow flags at the British Grand Prix, the scene of his second win of the campaign.