Nico Rosberg has apologized to the Mercedes team after crashing during practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon.
Coming out of Turn 7, Rosberg spun his car under acceleration and speared into the wall, causing damage to his front wing.
Rosberg tried to return his car to the pits, but was told to park his car up at the side of the track following a request by the FIA to Mercedes.
Rosberg had been using one of the three new front wings that Mercedes brought to Australia at the time, costing the team the chance to get some data on how it was working.
“That wasn’t a good start to the weekend for me. It was very wet out there, which made it tricky,” Rosberg said.
“It’s a shame that I lost the car in P2. I just applied a little too much throttle through Turn 7, spun round and touched the wall.
“My front wing was quite damaged, so unfortunately the boys will have some extra work to do tonight. My apologies go to them and a big thank you for their hard work.
“I’m now looking forwards towards qualifying and the race to put in a better performance.”
Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe confirmed that the team has replaced the front-left corner of Rosberg’s car, but that the shunt will not impact on the remainder of his weekend.
“Nico just lost the back end of the car and collided with the wall, so not the best day overall. Fortunately it wasn’t too major,” Lowe said.
“The front wing was damaged and we’ve replaced the left front corner as a precaution – but nothing that will affect him over the rest of the weekend.
“We have a lot of work to do in FP3 tomorrow to prepare for qualifying and the race – but it’s the same for everybody. We’re looking forward to seeing how it all plays out and hoping for some dry weather.”