Nico Rosberg claims to have lacked confidence with his car in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix after finishing in a lowly seventh for Mercedes.
Rosberg started the race from second place on the grid, but was forced to give his position up to teammate Lewis Hamilton after pole-man Daniel Ricciardo opened up a big lead early on.
Hamilton ultimately went on to win the race, while Rosberg continued to struggle for pace in the wet conditions before the track dried out, dropping behind Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel.
Rosberg lost another place in the pits to Fernando Alonso after making the switch to slick tires, and spent the remainder of the race languishing behind the McLaren driver.
On the final lap, Rosberg lost P6 to Nico Hulkenberg on the run to the checkered flag, giving Hamilton a 19-point swing in the championship.
Despite still leading the drivers’ standings by 24 points, Rosberg admitted he was unsure why he was so slow in Monaco.
“I don’t know what the reason was. It was just very difficult out there on the intermediates,” Rosberg told NBCSN after the race.
“I just had no confidence out there, so I had to stay quite far away from the limit.
“Then after that, I had to let Lewis past to give him the chance to win, because with my pace I wouldn’t have had the possibility.
“So gave that a go, and then of course he did win, so good for the team.
“For me, I lost out a lot in the pit stops and everything, so that was disappointing.”
The result ends Rosberg’s record of having won every race he has finished in 2016.