Nico Rosberg demoted, allowing Hamilton to close in even further in standings

He is dropped down from second to third after the British Grand Prix

BY Raf Diallo 19:14 Sunday 10 July 2016, 19:14 10 Jul 2016

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg of Germany, left, and Lewis Hamilton of Britain stand on the podium of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Hamilton won the race and Rosberg was second. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Nico Rosberg has been demoted from second to third in this afternoon's British F1 Grand Prix.

The championship leader has been given a 10 second penalty for breaking rules on radio use at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton won the race and now trails his teammate by just one point in the drivers' championship rather than four.

Mercedes were deemed to have broken rules on driver aids via radio as he struggled with a gear box problem.

The demotion means 18-year-old Max Verstappen finishes second for the second Grand Prix in a row.

It is also the second race in succession that Rosberg has faced some form of sanction, with stewards having punished him with penalty points and a 10 second penalty for causing a last lap collision with Hamilton in Austria, although the British driver also went on to beat his German team-mate in that race.

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