Nico Rosberg regrets ‘messing up’ race start

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Nico Rosberg admitted that a slow getaway for the third successive race cost him dearly as he missed out on victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg slipped from second to fifth at the start and, while he was able to recover his original position, he was unable to hunt down eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg conceded that an extra formation lap, caused by Nico Hülkenberg’s Force India encountering problems, affected his preparation.

“We did another formation lap as things change and that caught me out, it’s my job to do the change and I didn’t do that,” he said.

“I just messed up the start so that was very annoying, I gave it absolutely everything, we were on the edge all the way through.”

Rosberg said that his laps were like qualifying efforts when he was trying to close the gap to Hamilton.

“I chased Lewis, I was getting closer but then Lewis got away, [it was like a] qualifying lap every lap but he did a great job and it wasn’t enough [for me],” he said.


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