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Mercedes understands pit lane tyre incident

ESPNF1 Staff
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A loose nut caused Rosberg's wheel to fall off © Sutton Images
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Ross Brawn says that his Mercedes team understands why Nico Rosberg's wheel came off in the pit lane during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Rosberg was forced to retire after and his team fined $50,000 after his right-rear wheel became detached after his stop and bounced off down the pitlane, hitting a Williams mechanic.

"It appears that as the guy came off with the wheel gun, it spat the wheel nut but he didn't see it disappear," Brawn told AUTOSPORT. "He went back on, fired the gun and realised the nut was no longer there so came back out to grab the other gun and the rear jack guy thought he had finished, so he dropped the car and away he went.

"I think we understand what happened and we will clearly look at how we can prevent it happening again. When the gun went on to take the nut off, the gun hadn't engaged properly so the nut was off the axle and it spat it out. The guns are so quick and powerful now you don't see the nut travelling at the speed of light."

Rosberg made light of the issue afterwards, saying the tyre probably came off worse than his former Williams colleague.

"After I heard that my tyre hit big Nige, one of my old Williams truckies, I was more concerned about my tyre than him! But seriously, it's great that he doesn't have any serious injures and I'm sorry for the incident," said Rosberg.