Christian Horner had his view on a move the German was punished for
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has described Nico Rosberg's attempted overtaking manoeuvre on his driver Max Verstappen at the German Grand Prix as "a bit naughty".
Mercedes driver and title challenger Rosberg was attempting to overtake the teenage Red Bull driver after making a poor start to Sunday's race but ended up receiving a five-second penalty because race stewards ruled that his move had been too aggressive.
Horner did not disagree with that assessment on which his own team secured second and third behind winner Lewis Hamilton.
"If he'd have locked up all four wheels and there had been a puff of tyre smoke, maybe he'd have got away with it. The golden rule in a job like that is to lock your fronts up and look as if you can't stop. The problem was, it looked like he kind of stopped, and then kept going as if he was off to Cologne and that's a bit naughty," he said.
The incident follows a similar punishment for Rosberg at the Austrian Grand Prix, with a double-blow as that final lap collision with Hamilton saw the latter go on to win the race.
On that occasion he was docked 10 seconds.