Nico Rosberg has joined a growing chorus of formula one players who think the FIA should scrap or modify its new Safety Car rules.
As well as Fernando Alonso, Williams’ racer had to serve a race-damaging stop and go penalty in Montreal for pitting when the pit lane was closed following the deployment of the Safety Car.
Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella, meanwhile, were disqualified altogether for exiting the pit lane under the red lights.
But, also like Alonso, Rosberg – who could have ended on the podium but ultimately even dropped out of the points – said he had no option but to pit or risk running out of fuel.
His teammate Alex Wurz, meanwhile, who has been outperformed by Rosberg all season, did finish the race on the podium.
“It’s a bit strange,” the German told Speed TV afterwards, “that I get penalised so badly for that situation.
“It doesn’t really make sense. Why did I deserve that? What am I doing wrong?
“It really was a good performance in the beginning, and circumstances that were not under my control destroyed my weekend.”