Nico Rosberg has been called before the FIA race stewards following qualifying for the British Grand Prix over an alleged breach of the regulations.
Formula 1 drivers’ championship leader Rosberg qualified second on Saturday at Silverstone behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
However, Rosberg will now face a grilling from the stewards at Silverstone, led this weekend by 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell, after going too slowly on his outlap during Q1.
A statement from the FIA confirms that Rosberg will see the stewards at 15:30 local time regarding an “alleged breach of Article 27.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, exceeding the maximum time set by the FIA between the Safety Car line after the pit exit and the Safety Car line before the pit entry at 13:05”.
In layman’s terms, Rosberg is accused of going too slowly on his outlap at the start of qualifying, prompting the stewards to investigate.
UPDATE 10:43am ET – No action taken by FIA race stewards
The FIA race stewards have confirmed that no action will be taken against Rosberg as he was not on an in-lap when the slow lap time was set. The rule only applies for in-laps or reconnaissance laps before the race.
As a result, Rosberg will start second at Silverstone.