Rosberg under investigation over radio messages in British GP

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Nico Rosberg’s second place finish in Sunday’s British Grand Prix is at risk after the FIA confirmed that it would be investigating radio messages to his car towards the end of the race at Silverstone.

Rosberg battled his way up to second place heading into the closing stages of the race, trailing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by six seconds.

However, Rosberg lost three seconds in a single lap, reporting to his team that he had a gearbox issue.

Mercedes responded by telling him which setting to put his gearbox in, as well as informing him to avoid using seventh gear by shifting through it.

At the beginning of the season, the FIA introduced new radio rules that were supposed to place a greater onus on the drivers to manage their own races, limiting the instructions that can be given.

Mercedes has stated that it believes the messages to have been within the regulations, as it would have resulted in a terminal failure for Rosberg.

“It was a very critical problem,” Rosberg said. “I was stuck in seventh gear and about to stop on track.”

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the messages after the race.

“I don’t really want to comment on it too much because it’s being reviewed by the stewards,” Lowe said.

“It’s a question of whether it’s a permitted message or not.

“I don’t really want to comment at this stage. There’s no precedent for radio calls being reviewed by the stewards.”

The FIA stewards will meet with Rosberg at 4pm local time in the UK (11am ET).

Mercedes-to-Rosberg radio transcript

Rosberg: “Gearbox problem!”

Mercedes: “Chassis default 0, 1.”

Mercedes: “Avoid seventh gear, Nico.”

Rosberg: “What does that mean? I have to shift through it?

Mercedes: “Affirm, Nico, affirm. You have to shift through it.”

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”