Rosberg laments slashed points lead
6 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg was left to rue his championship lead being slashed from 29 points to four after a gearbox problem struck his car while in the lead of the British Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver ground to a halt on the 29th lap of Sunday's race at Silverstone, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton taking over at the front to record a vital victory.
"It's a pity what happened today as I lost a lot of points in the championship," said Rosberg.
"We are always aiming for 100 per cent reliability but unfortunately that didn't work out for me. I had a small issue in the installation lap but the car felt great in the beginning. By Lap 20, though, the gearbox started to become a serious problem and from then it got worse.
"I tried to get it into some safety settings, let Lewis through and just keep going until the end of the race. But there was nothing we could do so I had to stop the car.
"All I can do is accept that these things happen and work with the team to find out what went wrong. It's a shame for the race in a way, as it could have been a great battle against Lewis, but congratulations to him for the win."