Mercedes has confirmed Nico Rosberg also had an engine performance problem which required a switch change during the European Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was delayed for several laps while his team were unable to give him assistance due to restrictions on radio communications.
The team’s executive director Toto Wolff told Sky after the race “we had a problem on both cars with the configuration of some switches”.
“Lewis’s problem came a bit earlier, Nico’s a couple of laps later. There was a way of changing the switches on the dashboard which of course by regulations we are not allowed to communicate to the drivers”.
“This caused a bit of confusion and it took a while on Lewis’s car to reset”.
Rosberg was able to correct his problem more quickly than Hamilton. “Nico was in a little bit more of a fortunate situation as he had done a switch change before and he just changed it back basically a couple of laps later.
“Lewis was trying to figure out what it was and it took 12 laps. And then the power came back, but obviously it was too late.”
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