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Rosberg wants clampdown on blocking

Rosberg wants clampdown on blocking

Thursday, 29 October 2009 00:00

Nico Rosberg has called for a clampdown on defensive driving in the wake of various incidents during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Although Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil's dramatic first-lap collision - and subsequent row – was the most attention-grabbing mishap at Interlagos, Rosberg was more concerned by Kamui Kobayashi's chop on his team-mate Kazuki Nakajima, which ended the latter's race, Kimi Raikkonen's first-lap clash with Mark Webber, and Rubens Barrichello's late dice with Lewis Hamilton.

In all three cases Rosberg feels the driver ahead pulled across on his attacking rival much too late.

“It was very dangerous and I'm surprised it wasn't penalised,” he said of Kobayashi's move on Nakajima.

"Barrichello, Webber and Kobayashi did exactly the same thing.

“With Webber, Raikkonen lost his front wing; with Kobayashi, Nakajima had a massive off, which could have been so much worse.

“That sort of accident is one where you can really hurt yourself and other people, marshals or whatever – it's that type of accident.

“And with Barrichello, Lewis ran into the back of his tyre and the puncture happened.

“So that was exactly the same thing for a third time – and that is not allowed to happen.”

Rosberg blames Michael Schumacher for starting the trend for over-zealous defensive driving, and said the stewards' failure to punish the German legend for incidents like his blocking move on Mika Hakkinen in the 2000 Belgian Grand Prix had encouraged others to drive similarly.

“It is Michael Schumacher who started this, I think,” said Rosberg.

“The best example was Hakkinen in Spa, the lap before Hakkinen overtook him, where he ran him onto the grass – it's where the guy behind has made a decision and the guy in front then moves over.

“You cannot do that. It is massively dangerous.

“They only make one move but they make it too late.

“And as the guy behind, you have already made your decision, which is obvious to the guy in front, and you can't avoid the accident any more.

“It's never been penalised because it happened in 2000, and it's nine years later now.

“That's the first time I remember it being a big dangerous issue, so it's something that needs to be looked at and clarified from my point of view.

“I will be mentioning it.

“You need to have an objective analysis about every time [it happens], because there is no way of clarifying when is too late or whatever.

“But it's clear when it is just damn dangerous, when the guy behind has already made his decision and some time after the guy in front decides to close the inside, which is just too late.”
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