Nico Rosberg has apologised to his Mercedes team after crashing out of second practice for the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit.
Both practice sessions took place in tricky, wet conditions. Rosberg was sixth fastest in FP1 but he lost control of his car at Turn 7 early in second practice and hit the wall.
The German was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch the remainder of the session, finishing 15th overall. He owned up to the accident and apologised to Mercedes for the extra work to repair his car.
“That wasn’t a good start to the weekend for me,” he said after practice. “It was very wet out there, which made it tricky.
“It’s a shame that I lost the car in P2. I just applied a little too much throttle through Turn 7, spun round and touched the wall.
“My front wing was quite damaged, so unfortunately the boys will have some extra work to do tonight.
“My apologies go to them and a big thank you for their hard work. I’m now looking forwards towards qualifying and the race to put in a better performance.”