ROSBERG PENALTY F ormula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg had his advantage over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton cut to one point after the German was demoted from second to third in the British Grand Prix. Race stewards imposed a 10-second penalty on Rosberg for receiving help from his team via radio transmissions late in the race, in breach of the regulations. Mercedes said shortly after that they will appeal the time penalty. On lap 48 0f 52 the conversation between Rosberg and his engineer was as follows: • Rosberg: “Gearbox problem.” • Engineer: “Driver default 1-0-1. Chassis default 0-1, chassis default 0-1. Avoid seventh gear Nico, avoid seventh.” • Rosberg: “So what does that mean, I have to shift through it?” • Engineer: “Affirm Nico, you need to shift through it.” Rosberg had finished the race 1.3 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen. Hamilton won the race to bag maximum points. The statement from the stewards read: “Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16.” “However, the Stewards determined that the team then went further and gave instructions to the driver that were not permitted under the Technical Directive, and were in Breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.” Rosberg’s demotion means that team mate Lewis Hamilton trails the German by a mere point in the drivers’ standings – they have 168 points and 167 points respectively.