'I'M SERIOUS': Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has come up with an explanation for losing the 2015 US GP. Image: AFP / Ronaldo Schemidt
Mexico City - Nico Rosberg has blamed a strong gust of wind for the mistake that handed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton his third Formula One world championship in Texas last Sunday (October 25).
Rosberg had been leading the race when he went wide at turn 16 seven laps from the finish in Austin, an error that allowed Hamilton to pass and take victory and the title.
'I understand now'
The German had said afterwards that he was baffled by the mistake but he told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix on Thursday (Oct 29) that he now had an explanation.
Rosberg said: "It was a gust of wind. A big one. I'm serious, actually. But everybody has it so you can't really use it as an excuse. It is still a mistake but I understand my mistake now and that's important.
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"For me to understand it, that it was a very unusual scenario which happened just once in all those laps and everything... that helps me a lot moving forward."
If Rosberg had won in Austin, after starting on pole, the championship would have remained open until Mexico at least but the German is now fighting to finish second with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel still ahead.
Rosberg, whose team has also retained their constructors' title, said his approach for the last three races would not change.
"OK, the constructors' is done and the drivers' is done but I want to win, I'm sure Lewis wants to win, Vettel wants to win. So it's just going to be a battle pretty much as usual actually."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Mexican GP this weekend.