Nico Rosberg has been given his second reprimand of the 2013 Formula 1 season for driving unnecessarily slowly during final free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was found to have slowed to less than 90 kph on the straight before 130R halfway through the practice session, with Charles Pic’s Caterham closing down fast on him.
The stewards decided that Rosberg had not indicated clearly enough on which side Pic should pass him, which led to a dangerous situation as there was a 200kph closing speed between the two cars.
A report from the stewards said: “The driver of car #9 conceded that he should have more clearly indicated to car #20 on which side he could pass, by moving to one side.”
Rosberg’s previous reprimand was for failing to slow for yellow flags on his way to victory in June’s British Grand Prix.
REPRIMANDS IN 2013
A total of 13 drivers have been hit with official reprimands during the 2013 season.
Any driver incurring three is automatically hit with a 10-place grid penalty, providing at least two of them were for ‘driving’ offences.
Driver Reprimands Mark Webber 3 Charles Pic 3 Jules Bianchi 3 Nico Rosberg 2 Fernando Alonso 1 Valtteri Bottas 1 Romain Grosjean 1 Lewis Hamilton 1 Kimi Raikkonen 1 Nico Rosberg 1 Adrian Sutil 1 Giedo van der Garde 1 Max Chilton 1