Rosberg: First Safety Car wrecked race
27 July 2014 – Nico Rosberg says the timing of the first Safety Car period ruined his chances of winning Sunday afternoon's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver led away from pole amid wet conditions before Caterham's Marcus Ericsson hit the barriers and neutralised the race.
The top four drivers were already past the entry to the pits and had to stay out an extra lap, while those behind dived in and switched to slicks.
Rosberg managed to salvage fourth, but saw his lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton – who rose from the pit lane to third – cut to 11 points.
"The first Safety Car came out at the worst possible moment," said Rosberg. "That hurt my race a lot as up to then it was going well. But things like that can happen. It's not unusual that things go wrong."
On his late fight with Hamilton, Rosberg added: "I had a chance on the last lap. I'm very annoyed that I wasn't able to make it happen. Lewis made a mistake, I tried around the outside but it didn't work out."
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff shared Rosberg's view that the Safety Car hampered his efforts.
"We were unlucky," said Wolff. "We had a solid gap; the guys running 1-2-3 went to 4-7-8 but that's racing.
"The Safety Car came out at a moment when the top guys were passing the main straight."