Rosberg: Verstappen deserved penalty for Leclerc overtake
Nico Rosberg admitted to conflicting opinions following the Austrian Grand Prix, stating his belief that Max Verstappen was a worthy winner, but suggesting his late-race move on Charles Leclerc ought to have been punished.
Leclerc was forced off the track by Verstappen diving down the inside at Turn 3 with just three laps remaining, but stewards saw fit not to take further action, albeit more than three hours after the race.
Ferrari were infuriated, especially given Sebastian Vettel had lost out in Canada due to a controversial stewards' decision.
And Rosberg, speaking on his post-race YouTube debrief, sympathised with the Scuderia, while hailing Verstappen the right winner.
"I think Verstappen deserves victory because he was simply super," Rosberg said. "But I also have to say, and that sounds stupid now, I think Max drove far out on purpose and turned in very late.
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