Rosberg: Nothing like Schumacher incident
25 May 2014 – Nico Rosberg says his qualifying incident bears no resemblance to that of Michael Schumacher's in 2006.
The stewards began an investigation into Rosberg's actions after the German, on provisional pole position at the time, took to the escape road at Mirabeau in the closing moments of Saturday's top ten shootout, bringing out the yellow flags and preventing his rivals – including Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton – from improving.
Rosberg was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing after stewards reviewed footage and telemetry, but sections of the media likened the move to the one Schumacher pulled off eight years ago, when the seven-time World Champion parked his car at Rascasse and similarly prevented Fernando Alonso from snatching the top spot.
"Definitely not. And the data has shown that." Rosberg told the official Formula 1 website when it was put to him that he might have drawn inspiration from his compatriot.
"As I said before, I missed the braking point, went over a bump, one front tyre locked – and the only thing I realistically could do was to find an exit."
He added: "I do understand these kind of theories; Monaco is the perfect backdrop for these kind of things. But I have to disappoint: the data is clear, as the stewards have also confirmed.
"(The data) is not different to my fastest lap or the lap before, I just missed the braking point - that's it. Of course it's far from perfect. But that's the way it is."