Nico Rosberg Helpless as He Loses F1 Title Lead

A broken loom in the steering column forced Nico Rosberg to retire from Singapore F1 -  a race that Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton eventually won to take a three-point lead for the title.

updated: September 22, 2014 17:33 IST
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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany watches the Singapore GP after retiring early.


Singapore: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he experienced a "horrible feeling" when he was forced to retire early from the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and then watch teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race to reclaim the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship. (Race in pics)

Rosberg first had a problem when driving out from the pits to the grid before the race, with team principal Toto Wolff later saying a broken loom in the steering column caused a knock-on effect on the car's electronics and gear selection.

When the car would not start for the warm-up lap, he was forced to given up his No. 2 spot on the grid and start from the pit lane. Though the team did get the car started, he lasted only 14 laps before conceding defeat and retiring.

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