Rosberg under investigation for off-track excursion during Q3

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Nico Rosberg is under investigation after bringing out yellow flags during the final part of qualifying yesterday, inadvertently securing himself pole position by denying his rivals the chance to better his time.

After the first set of runs during Q3, he enjoyed a 0.059 second advantage over his teammate, giving Hamilton one more chance to secure his first pole position at Monaco. However, during his final flying lap, the German made a mistake at Mirabeau, and was forced to take evasive action down a slip road to avoid hitting the wall.

Although this did end Rosberg’s qualifying early, it also brought out yellow flags that meant none of the other drivers could post a lap time that was better than his, thus securing himself pole position.

In the post-qualifying press conference, Rosberg apologized to Hamilton for accidentally denying him the chance to go for pole. However, Hamilton just mumbled: “I was a couple of tenths up…” and said little more.

Then, speaking to the media after the race, Hamilton was asked whether he thought the move was deliberate.

“Who knows?” he said. When pressed further, he said: “I’m not saying anything.”

Rosberg is now under investigation by the stewards for going off during the final part of qualifying. The stewards are also looking at incidents of blocking involving Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat.

The incident is reminiscent of Michael Schumacher’s act of cheating in 2006, when he deliberately stopped his car at La Rascasse to secure pole position for Ferrari. Here, he clearly had no intention of making the corner, and was duly excluded from qualifying by the stewards.

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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