Nico Rosberg will retain his Monaco Grand Prix pole after the FIA stewards declared that they will take no further action regarding the German’s dramatic last minute mistake during qualifying.
The stewards had demanded to hear from Rosberg and his Mercedes team after the 28-year-old locked-up going into Mirabeau late during qualifying, an incident that resulted in a number of his rivals, including team-mate Lewis Hamilton, from improving their lap time.
Accusations were rife that Rosberg, in a similar move to that committed by fellow countryman Michael Schumacher in 2006, had deliberately intended to stop Hamilton, who had set a personal best first sector, from improving and snatching pole.
An official FIA statement confirmed the stewards decision. It reads: “no offence was committed by the driver of car number 6.”
Video footage of the incident as well as telemetry data was examined by the stewards, who could find no evidence to suggest that Rosberg had intentionally intended to cause the yellow flags.
Rosberg and Hamilton will share the front row on Sunday for a second consecutive year in Monaco.
It the sixth pole position of Rosberg’s career, one more than his world champion father Keke Rosberg.
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