Downcast Rosberg at a loss to explain his error

Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:59pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A downcast Nico Rosberg said he was at a loss to explain the error that gifted Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton both victory and a third Formula One world championship in a rollercoaster U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday.

The German was leading when he ran wide with seven laps to go, a mistake that allowed Hamilton to blast past and take the victory.

"I just got wheelspin. It’s never happened to me, ever. Not even in testing or racing, never, ever something like that. I can’t explain it. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know," he told reporters.

"We just need to look into it afterwards but obviously that was really, really tough at the time, to lose the lead like that and to lose the win, because I was feeling really good at that point and it just went wrong."

The German made his feelings very apparent afterwards, throwing a cap back at Hamilton when it was tossed in his direction before they went on the podium.

Unsmiling, and almost rooted to the spot, he refused to join in the champagne celebrations.

The pair, who have been friends and rivals since their early teens in go-karting and live in the same Monaco apartment complex, had a frosty relationship last season when the championship battle went down to the wire.

This year, Hamilton has been far more dominant -- winning 10 races to Rosberg's three so far -- and Rosberg was understandably sore.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain listens to a question during an after race press conference after winning the U.S. F1 Grand Prix as teammate and second placed finisher Nico Rosberg of Germany (L) looks on at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone