Nico Rosberg had the worst of fortunes from the starting of the weekend. While he simply lacked pace during all the practice sessions compared to his teammate Hamilton, he had to move to the older spec engine, the one he used in Spa, for qualifying due to some issues, as compared to Hamilton who carried the new advanced engine. He ended up Qualifying fourth, a clear 0.4s off his team-mate carrying the faster and the newer engine. The start of the race wasn’t too spectacular for him either, he managed to move up the ladder through his sheer pace and the clever strategies set by his pit wall. He was completely charged up and looked set to overtake Sebastian Vettel in second place, a mere 2s ahead of him, before his engine decided to catch fire just two laps before the end!
Rosberg was quick enough to get out of the car without any injuries, but serious harms will be caused to his championship battle, being 53 points adrift Lewis Hamilton and only 7 races to go.
With Hamilton’s and Vettel’s current form, Nico Rosberg might have to pull a trick or so from the sack to gain some advantage over both of them. Considering the things that they are right now, he really needs to pick up his performance in Qualifying and his start of the race.