LONDON: Sebastian Vettel fully deserved the penalty that cost him victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, 2016 Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg said on Monday.
Rosberg, who won his title with Mercedes, defended race stewards after they drew a storm of criticism from fans and former drivers.
Vettel led from pole position to chequered flag but the five seconds added on, for running wide and returning to the track in an unsafe manner, handed victory to Mercedes' Hamilton, Rosberg's former team mate.
Vettel said the race, which had been shaping up as a thrilling battle between him and five-times world champion Hamilton, had been stolen from him and suggested the stewards were blind.
Rosberg said he had spoken to his father, 1982 world champion Keke, who felt the decision had been 60-40 in favour of a penalty.