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2014-11-03 14:16

PLAYING BLAME GAME: Nico Rosberg leads Mercedes F1 team mate Lewis Hamilton during the 2014 US Formula 1 GP at the Circuit of the Americas - now he blames an ERS failure for Hamilton bulling past on Lap 24. Image: AFP / Mark Thompson

AUSTIN, Texas - Nico Rosberg has revealed that an energy recovery system error was a key factor in his defeat by Mercedes team mate and 2014 Drivers' championship leader Lewis Hamilton in the US Formula 1 GP on November 2.

The German led for almost the first half of the race from pole position on Sunday but was unable to resist when Hamilton pushed past in a brilliant overtaking move at the end of the back straight on Lap 24.

Rosberg said, after a post-race analysis, that he found he had been left without extra kers-based power to defend his position after requesting the boost via a switch instead of a button.

'I HAD A BIG DROP-OFF'

He said: "I made a mistake because I used the wrong thing to get more kers. When I saw him coming I decided to go for extra boost but I never got it.

"I thought I was using the right thing, but there was a delay in that one. If I did it with a button it would be immediate but with a switch there is a delay, so I never got the extra kers.

"I had a big drop-off, which is why in the last metres he got a good jump on me. So, that was a mistake that I didn't know about."

Rosberg said he could have been more aggressive in defending the inside line against Hamilton but added that it would have made little difference.

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