Nico Rosberg has called for the design of the pit lane exit at the Korea International Circuit to be reconsidered after colliding with Jaime Alguersuari during today's second free practice session.
The Mercedes driver was on a run on intermediate tires when he locked up and went wide at Turn 1. At the same moment, Alguersuari's Toro Rosso emerged from the pit exit, which runs around the outside of Turn 1.
The resulting contact forced Rosberg to pull off the track with front wing damage. Alguersuari lost time after returning to the pits for repairs, but later returned to the track.
"I would be worth reconsidering if the pit exit couldn't be done a little bit differently," said Rosberg after the session. "It was not great circumstances, it just all came together. He came out at the exact wrong moment.
"I thought he was going to stop a little bit more to let me go through, but then he didn't and by the time I realized that, it was too late. It was just unfortunate."
Rosberg admitted that the clash was the result of a small error under braking on his part. However, in normal circumstances this would have led to him only running wide had the pit exit not intersected with his trajectory.
"I just locked up a little bit," he said. "I couldn't have avoided him any more.
"I could have made it back to the pits, but I didn't want to risk damaging the car. I didn't lose anything because it didn't dry out, but we were going really well with the intermediates."