Contamination cause of Rosberg’s Singapore retirement

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Mercedes has confirmed that Nico Rosberg’s retirement from last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix was caused by a contamination of the steering column’s electrical circuits.

The German driver had qualified in second place for the race at Marina Bay, but was forced to start from the pit lane after he was unable to pull away from the grid for the formation lap.

Rosberg spent the first stint of the race languishing at the back of the field, and was told to retire the car when he came in for his first pit stop after being unable to pull away from his box.

As teammate Lewis Hamilton won the race, the Briton took the lead of the drivers’ championship for just the second time in 2014, moving three points clear of Rosberg at the top of the standings.

In a series of tweets sent out on Friday afternoon, Mercedes confirmed that its investigations had revealed the cause of the failure ahead of next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Following the race, Rosberg said how he felt “helpless” behind the wheel of his stricken car as Hamilton took a sensational win to reclaim the lead of the drivers’ championship.

With five rounds remaining and just three points separating the two title protagonists, the stage is set for a sensational fight to the finish in one of the most exciting F1 seasons in recent memory.