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2016-07-12 07:25

DISAPPOINTMENT AT SILVERSTONE: Mercedes Nico Rosberg has been handed a radio penalty at Silverstone. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

England - Mercedes has decided not to appeal Nico Rosberg's 10-second radio dialogue penalty at the 2016 British GP.

Rosberg finished second to team mate Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone but was demoted to third after the team were deemed guilty of breaching the strict rules governing radio instructions to the driver.

On lap 47, Rosberg had reported to his mechanics a gearbox problem, with the team telling him among other things: "Avoid seventh gear. Shift through it."

The sport's ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), said that while some of the instructions from Mercedes were allowable, others were not.

Mercedes issued a "notice of intention to appeal", which they withdrew on Monday.

Rosberg leads Hamilton by one point in the world championship.

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