Nico Rosberg says Sebastian Vettel "threw away" the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Germany because he was too wet.
Race leader Vettel slipped into the barriers against rain at the end of lap 52 At the Hockenheim race track, the crash thwarted his title challenge when championship rival Lewis Hamilton won the race in 14th
Vettel said it was a small mistake with big consequences, but in his role as TV expert for Sky Sports, Rosberg said Vettel should have known better.
"Such a big one – unbelievable!" said Rosberg. "He threw it away."
"Yes, the conditions were difficult, we know that, and they're terrible as a driver because it's so tough.
"But he still had a gap to the guys behind him, he could have just taken a bit more out, slowed a bit and made it a bit easier, and he just threw it in the wall is so bad. "
When Rosberg was told that the margins of error in these tricky conditions are low, he added," But you know the Sachskurve, this is the only corner where there is no margin for error. " [1
In the six laps before his crash Vettel had expanded his lead over team-mate Kimi Raikkonen from 3.5 to 9.9 seconds
The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas – who drove past Räikkönen shortly before Vettel's accident – and Hamilton caught the Ferraris but Rosberg does not believe that this has affected Vettel's driving behavior.
"We did not hear a radio conversation with Sebastian during the race, so I do not think so.", he said. 19659005] "He's just done his own race and he screwed it up, which is incredible for him. That does not happen to him too often.
While Vettel downplayed the mistake himself, he offered Rosberg a similar verdict when asked about the crash.
"Yeah, obviously, throw it away," he said, "It was a small mistake but a big impact on the race.
"I was just a little bit late [on the brakes] bolting the buttocks and I could not turn it."
"We did it pretty well at that time, I thought it would still be good with dry tires.
"It really was not spectacular, it feels better when it's spectacular, because then you've done something really wrong."
"In that case, I did not do much wrong, but enough to race to end.
"It was not the biggest mistake I did, but it was probably one of the most expensive."