Rosberg had “no chance of a surprise attack”

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[interactivecharts]Nico Rosberg admitted his options were limited in his effort to attack team mate Lewis Hamilton for the lead in the Canadian Grand Prix because of the open exchange of data at Mercedes.

Rosberg repeatedly came close to getting within a second of Hamilton – from where he would have been able to use DRS to close even further – but every time he approached it Hamilton was able to respond.

“The problem for me was to cool my brakes behind Lewis,” Rosberg explained. “I had to take different lines to get some fresh air.”

Rosberg had progressively fallen back from Hamilton in the first phase of the race when both were on super-soft tyres. But after switching to the softs Rosberg was able to close in.

“In the last ten laps I ramped up the pace and started to attack by using some of my electronic hybrid power, which I had saved until this point,” said Rosberg.

“But the problem is that your team mate’s engineers always have knowledge of your activities and can ask him to ramp up the pace too. So, he was mirroring what I was doing and there was no chance of a surprise attack.”

“That was a bit of a shame – but it is how it is.”

2015 Canadian Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

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0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Lewis Hamilton 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Nico Rosberg 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Kimi Raikkonen 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Valtteri Bottas 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Romain Grosjean 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Pastor Maldonado 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 12 13 12 12 12 11 10 9 9 9 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Nico Hulkenberg 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Daniil Kvyat 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Daniel Ricciardo 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 16 16 16 16 15 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Sergio Perez 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 15 15 15 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Carlos Sainz Jnr 11 14 14 15 15 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 14 13 12 12 12 16 16 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Marcus Ericsson 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 10 15 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Fernando Alonso 13 11 11 13 14 14 14 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 15 14 14 14 14 13 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 16
Felipe Nasr 14 15 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Felipe Massa 15 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Roberto Merhi 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17
Will Stevens 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 17 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Sebastian Vettel 18 16 15 14 13 13 13 20 20 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 15 14 13 11 10 10 10 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Max Verstappen 19 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 15 15 14 13 13 13 11 10 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
Jenson Button 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17

2015 Canadian Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap. Use the controls below to show/hide different drivers:

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
Lewis Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.271 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nico Rosberg 1.03 1.313 1.716 1.697 1.656 2.048 2.34 2.782 2.898 2.784 2.988 3.028 3.159 3.492 3.444 3.625 3.632 3.408 3.992 3.758 3.626 3.556 4.19 4.484 4.235 4.185 3.963 3.301 0 0.516 2.305 2.052 1.184 1.56 1.645 1.89 2.314 2.175 1.877 1.6 1.468 1.196 1.369 1.332 1.088 1.295 1.139 1.26 1.592 1.525 1.281 1.022 1.236 1.287 1.131 1.535 1.471 1.685 1.774 1.429 1.628 1.742 1.239 1.428 2.101 2.619 3.471 3.604 3.546 2.285
Kimi Raikkonen 1.718 2.271 2.316 2.566 2.712 3.17 3.543 3.809 4.384 4.783 5.369 5.524 5.988 6.406 6.716 7.428 7.898 7.624 8.268 8.78 9.244 9.282 10.098 10.455 10.948 27.325 39.26 39.324 35.107 20.449 20.619 21.094 20.999 21.852 22.31 23.137 23.005 22.291 21.795 38.149 39.426 37.942 37.205 36.748 36.485 36.284 36.447 36.795 36.554 37.093 37.339 37.416 37.848 38.145 38.499 39.134 39.335 39.402 39.525 39.029 39.36 39.991 40.315 40.496 40.787 40.838 41.077 41.137 41.382 45.625
Valtteri Bottas 2.593 3.624 4.165 4.397 4.573 4.999 5.277 5.599 6.251 6.604 7.201 7.603 8.162 8.733 9.26 9.988 10.742 10.659 11.366 11.878 13.396 13.585 14.509 14.753 15.278 15.822 16.886 35.586 33.547 18.621 18.59 19.306 19.258 20.155 20.577 21.485 21.37 20.938 20.41 20.079 20.57 20.829 21.311 21.712 22.014 22.779 23.14 23.769 24.123 24.719 25.161 25.721 26.68 27.223 28.064 29.284 29.944 30.553 31.088 31.03 31.626 32.118 32.353 33.149 34.021 34.672 34.854 35.553 36.882 40.666
Romain Grosjean 3.586 4.737 5.713 6.723 7.39 8.554 9.573 10.158 11.064 12.167 13.577 14.815 16.12 17.137 17.999 19.311 20.363 20.72 21.754 22.958 24.215 25.404 27.063 28.517 31.344 32.817 50.799 53.421 49.528 35.473 36.439 37.179 36.992 37.712 38.689 39.608 40.028 40.233 40.809 40.975 41.13 41.149 41.717 41.813 42.134 42.756 43.37 44.003 79.381 82.738 82.432 82.634 83.372 84.839 85.913 86.711 86.99 87.476 87.878 88.494 89.024 89.515 90.082 91.085 91.514 92.352 92.974 93.16 94.18
Pastor Maldonado 5.129 6.398 7.401 8.201 9.312 10.852 11.91 13.202 14.65 15.537 17.213 18.655 20.596 22.261 23.991 26.324 44.041 46.8 47.903 48.989 49.977 50.56 52.322 52.973 53.347 53.582 54.087 54.53 53.339 39.596 40.191 41.033 40.852 41.942 42.412 42.93 43.07 42.622 42.606 42.48 42.587 42.805 43.29 43.628 44.029 44.495 45.451 46.297 47.418 48.377 48.487 49.247 50.095 50.468 52.015 53.387 54.202 55.166 55.981 56.13 56.939 58.245 59.575 60.924 62.042 63.105 64.164 65.375 66.446 66.664
Nico Hulkenberg 4.104 5.38 6.561 7.667 8.655 10.062 11.251 12.439 13.783 14.823 16.432 18.034 19.706 21.542 23.507 25.531 27.14 28.512 30.28 31.735 33.176 34.351 36.342 37.545 38.609 40.061 42.115 58.917 57.87 44.259 45.396 46.697 47.164 49.011 49.812 50.666 50.93 50.6 51.275 51.3 51.255 51.346 62.155 63.915 64.052 64.836 65.625 66.883 67.631 68.593 69.542 70.13 70.903 71.579 72.183 73.013 73.535 75.289 75.852 76.113 76.857 80.4 80.913 82.042 82.634 83.256 83.973 84.389 84.996
Daniil Kvyat 5.68 7.842 9.229 10.959 12.133 13.643 14.974 16.378 17.963 19.533 21.662 23.457 25.365 26.796 29.066 31.206 32.812 33.939 36.412 38.932 40.72 42.369 44.374 45.623 46.949 48.146 65.84 69.002 66.085 52.053 53.161 54.853 55.742 57.433 58.401 60.123 60.642 61.513 62.195 63.757 64.609 65.786 67.428 68.208 68.995 70.192 71.356 72.641 73.567 74.385 74.945 75.696 80.301 81.69 82.365 83.786 85.718 86.779 87.549 87.842 88.58 89.118 89.258 90.065 90.472 91.41 91.877 92.309 92.315
Daniel Ricciardo 6.13 8.616 10.566 11.85 12.97 14.582 16.289 17.931 20.299 22.535 24.601 26.126 28.852 30.877 33.213 35.479 37.448 38.898 40.532 42.674 44.624 46.213 64.831 67.72 68.396 69.472 70.916 71.741 69.676 56.282 57.937 59.694 60.4 61.994 63.236 64.44 65.419 67.82 69.317 70.549 71.471 72.43 73.654 74.459 75.743 77.237 82.071 83.847 85.306 86.807 88.011 89.749 92.315 94.485 96.002 97.822 99.364 101.342 103.475 104.668 106.214 107.738 108.888 112.611 114.801 116.601 117.921 121.933 125.547
Sergio Perez 6.757 9.569 11.422 13.233 14.64 15.96 17.138 18.453 19.626 20.879 22.639 24.178 26.073 28.264 31.058 33.903 35.89 37.35 39.397 41.045 42.835 44.339 46.802 63.949 67.073 67.358 69 69.554 66.576 53.1 54.368 55.821 56.948 58.332 59.064 60.602 61.466 62.117 63.439 64.579 65.723 66.852 68.204 69.399 70.818 72.011 73.318 74.388 75.19 76.393 80.044 81.504 82.917 84.322 87.591 90.054 91.768 93.049 94.888 95.87 96.986 98.176 99.313 101.473 103.463 105.918 109.14 112.014 114.135
Carlos Sainz Jnr 9.156 11.946 14.589 17.288 19.568 22.055 24.251 26.573 28.465 30.25 32.385 34.085 36.135 38.313 40.262 42.602 44.641 46.284 48.622 50.645 52.255 54.908 57.477 58.7 60.18 61.704 80.106 83.47 80.324 66.368 67.2 68.185 68.593 71.98 73.031 74.168 74.549 74.361 74.475 74.879 75.637 76.507 79.375 81.086 82.177 83.183 84.584 85.679 86.873 88.18 89.042 90.229 91.775 92.934 94.276 95.931 96.946 98.129 99.602 100.288 101.317 102.677 103.795 106.841 108.902 110.686 112.294 113.559 114.408
Marcus Ericsson 7.706 10.839 12.969 15.099 16.911 19.335 21.37 23.286 26.236 28.124 30.211 31.888 33.806 36.086 38.175 40.362 41.996 43.409 45.282 47.279 49.917 52.492 55.45 57.297 59.077 60.614 62.644 81.579 81.957 68.125 69.829 71.668 72.612 74.59 76.151 78.083 82.276 83.2 83.9 84.616 85.547 86.9 88.15 88.958 90.25 91.27 92.435 93.489 94.678 96.389 97.771 101.255 103.56 105.609 108.736 110.762 112.208 113.177 114.717 115.208 117.085 119.843 121.171 122.766 124.547 125.94 127.226 129.389 131.269
Fernando Alonso 7.257 10.496 13.265 16.581 19.257 21.56 23.77 26.09 28.844 31 33.376 35.356 37.679 40.014 42.104 44.564 46.974 49.298 51.951 54.24 56.675 58.447 60.846 62.49 64.631 66.687 69.41 71.446 70.077 57.541 75.907 81.409 83.208 85.812 87.897 90.111 91.42 92.211 93.346 94.483 95.345 96.831 98.557 102.616
Felipe Nasr 9.481 13.405 15.953 18.799 21.015 23.417 25.543 27.315 29.988 32.434 35.899 38.713 41.84 44.607 47.884 51.311 54.379 56.547 59.505 61.636 64.019 65.992 69.497 72.287 75 94.846 99.915 101.15 98.511 85.212 86.868 89.181 90.201 92.148 93.842 95.666 96.78 97.2 97.993 100.065 101.364 102.868 104.383 105.976 108.189 109.643 110.655 112.364 113.728 116.581 118.013 119.822 121.527 123.366 125.021 127.55 130.593 132.473 134.902 138.649 140.987 142.189 143.399 145.953 148.664 151.273 153.635 159.075
Felipe Massa 8.483 11.063 13.25 15.253 17.074 19.471 21.517 23.394 24.894 25.349 26.309 27.006 28.025 29.097 30.526 31.973 33.154 34.211 35.803 36.725 38.028 39.071 40.704 41.231 42.034 43.072 44.849 46.04 44.269 31.807 33.158 34.636 35.409 37.16 39.1 41.387 59.064 59.831 59.087 58.565 58.387 58.175 58.781 58.697 58.745 58.907 58.689 58.543 58.629 58.304 57.945 57.676 57.932 58.209 58.008 58.434 58.318 58.453 58.378 57.524 57.668 57.681 57.299 57.38 57.745 57.847 57.708 57.361 57.107 56.381
Roberto Merhi 12.073 16.434 20.56 24.57 28.523 33.175 38.549 43.706 48.821 53.007 57.171 61.071 65.192 69.031 73.139 77.374 82.29 86.566 91.532 95.058 99.242 102.973 106.944 111.169 114.651 118.954 124.031 128.468 128.684 119.449 123.423 128.029 131.076 135.048 159.652 164.751 166.815 168.485 170.375 172.714 175.997 179.483 183.619 187.58 190.78 194.284 197.386 200.481 203.587 207.565 211.885 215.833 220.003 223.496 227.078 232.051 237.206
Will Stevens 12.756 17.464 21.23 25.16 28.906 33.433 38.162 42.305 47.49 51.577 55.832 59.558 63.604 67.429 71.549 75.782 80.159 84.728 89.418 94.686 98.762 102.181 106.217 109.706 114.164 118.686 122.824 126.263 126.351 115.562 120.859 124.831 128.513 155.85 163.15 165.866 167.87 169.389 171.447 173.957 177.692 183.156 186.878 190.371 194.02 197.595 254.286 261.732 265.725 268.538 271.112 275.843 279.767 283.769 288.486 294.256 297.999 302.007 306.023 309.18 316.644 320.363 326.141 330.182 334.242 338.549
Sebastian Vettel 9.768 12.194 13.831 16.124 17.395 19.666 41.982 44.151 45.328 45.064 45.077 44.994 45.498 45.689 46.799 47.321 47.588 49.53 53.408 54.145 54.461 54.242 54.621 54.3 53.779 54.135 54.627 54.89 51.137 36.815 37.798 38.452 37.777 38.123 56.092 57.602 56.343 54.454 53.009 51.61 51.506 51.638 52.935 52.806 52.382 52.278 51.877 51.609 52.522 52.398 51.922 51.583 51.887 51.401 51.375 51.373 51.238 51.433 50.701 49.635 49.53 49.14 49.068 49.377 49.412 49.599 49.84 49.49 49.021 49.903
Max Verstappen 10.421 13.628 16.081 18.975 21.336 23.958 26.289 28.339 30.537 32.592 34.767 37.069 39.35 41.332 43.384 45.55 47.242 48.893 50.77 52.578 54.985 56.566 58.601 60.043 61.551 62.789 64.265 65.714 63.577 51.104 52.731 55.293 57.306 60.186 61.995 63.713 65.04 66.127 95.837 98.196 99.03 100.255 101.272 101.885 102.962 103.829 105.067 105.78 106.357 106.951 107.404 108.004 109.045 109.746 110.456 111.765 112.589 113.399 114.981 115.852 119.026 120.209 121.534 124.087 126.017 128.367 130.016 131.352 132.422
Jenson Button 21.059 26.822 29.688 32.647 34.929 36.986 39.246 42.635 46.043 48.188 50.738 53.035 55.733 58.131 60.809 64.218 67.115 69.596 72.558 75.31 79.65 83.577 86.875 90.831 93.59 97.647 100.714 103.263 101.476 89.227 91.566 93.736 95.142 97.504 102.306 104.491 105.936 107.042 107.948 109.422 111.005 112.792 115.811 135.361 139.294 140.583 141.637 142.702 143.471 144.558 145.461 146.482 148.354 151.75

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23 comments on “Rosberg had “no chance of a surprise attack””

  1. Haha, of course. But Sky sure tried to make it seem like Nico was going to. I remember hearing the words “battle royale.”

  2. Vettel’s third stint was awesome. Leaves you wondering if only he was up at the front.

  3. They need separate strategists. Maybe Stuttgart is not interested but we fans need it.

    1. @dmw Rosberg needs to try something different. Mirroring Hamilton has not once worked and Mercedes their idea of keeping things equal is nonsense. If Rosberg demands a different strategy he should be able to get one without Lewis knowing.

      1. It works both ways and Rosberg has benefited from the policy often.

  4. Rosberg should’ve pitted for new tyres on lap 52. P2 was in the bag, he should have tried something else.

      1. Well if you are not Lewis apparently…

    1. @kingshark Something I have been saying since mid last year. he can’t do it on pace, try something different…

      1. Even with Ferrari ‘closer’, P2 is still almost always granted.

    2. Imagine the PR disaster if Merc had then lost another 1-2 because of over-confidence. I do concur with your sentiments though. Lewis said Merc has 1 chief strategy guy yet at Mclaren each driver has his own strategy guys. I think that approach is certainly better. Toto Wolff claimed that wouldn’t do the team atmosphere much good to have two seperate strategy teams yet there are already two sets of mechanics, engineers etc that work on each car. So I don’t see any consistency in that.

  5. The only surprise was that there was no attack at the end. Rosberg needs to start taking his chances at the start of the first lap.

    After that it is a controlled procession.

  6. James Muscat
    8th June 2015, 11:14

    So, Nico wasn’t able to attack Lewis because every time Nico went faster, Lewis went faster as well? That’s kind of how defending your lead is supposed to work… Same team or not, when the guy behind you starts to push, your engineer would tell you to do the same!

  7. I remember Lewis’ engineer telling him that “the other car is OK on fuel but a bit worse on brakes” or something like that, and then a few laps later Nico asked “hows the other car on fuel” to get a reply from the pits “I can’t comment on that”.

    Anyone know how is this possible?

    1. Different people making different interpretations in the heat of the moment…. human error… reacting under pressure… one engineer being more conservative than another… Engineers are not robots or computers so it’s entirely possible.

      1. @tonybananas I haven’t read that commenting on the fuel of another driver is not permitted, so it seems like Mercedes selected to deny Rosberg information that Lewis had.

      2. They really should have that worked out though. What with not allowing differing strategies and all, they should be clear on both drivers being allowed the same info

        1. Or one engineer made an on the spot judgement based on his interpretation of the regulations in the heat of a race, rather than a labyrinthian conspiracy across the Mercesdes team who are paying Rosberg tens of millions of Euros for the next 3 years

    2. Just because you haven’t read it doesn’t mean it’s permitted. The regulations don’t necessarily go into the level of detail of every single scenario that could possibly occur so require some degree of interpretation

      1. It’s not on the list of what they crew can’t say to a driver @tonybananas, that’s what I mean.

        1. OK, that being the case would you say it was a mistake or a deliberate conspiracy against Nico?

  8. This is the race I lost any respect I had had remaining for Nico. He was only 1-1.5 seconds behind Lewis for over 30 laps and did not do anything to try to get by. I think once he got within DRS range, but that was it. He seemed to just coast behind and keep a gap of 1.5 seconds to not ruin his tires and do whatever the team said to keep him from even attempting to challenge Lewis. The team kept saying wait 10 more laps, and after those 10 wait even more laps, and he just kept on following orders.to not race Lewis. I don’t believe Nico ever really pushed until the last 5 laps or so as there is no way Lewis is good enough to always be exactly 1.5 seconds in front. If Nico pushed, that gap would have varied more. At the end Nico finally tried to attack Lewis, but because Lewis had also been coasting for 30 laps, he had plenty in reserve and stretched out over the last 5 laps or so.

    This whole thing just makes Nico look like an idiot. He just always follows orders and never tries to pass Hamilton outside of the start of the race. He just accepts finishing second, and then acts all upset that he couldn’t do anything because he had some problem with the car (in this case brakes). Guess what Nico, if you want to beat Lewis, you have to attack him. If you just coast around waiting for an opportunity, then Hamilton is also going to coast around saving his tires for your attack. When Lewis is behind, he does not wait, he attacks when he gets his chance (See US Grand Prix last year). Nico needed to try to get by Lewis immediately after the pit stops, but instead he just kept waiting for an opportunity that never came.

    Nico needs to stop following every team order like a robot. He needs to realize that the team does not care at all whether he passes Lewis or not, all they care about is a Mercedes 1-2, not the order of that 1-2. Mercedes and other teams now always seems to try to stop their drivers from racing by throwing up a car problem that the driver needs to look after instead of racing. In this case it was brakes for Nico, and fuel for Lewis. You never really hear a team say “hey driver, everything is perfect, tires, fuel, brakes, everything, go race your teammate as hard as possible”. Instead you hear the team always telling the driver that there is a problem with the car to try to keep them from racing. For Webber it always seemed to be the KERS had a problem when he raced Vettel. Even go back to Istanbul 2010, when Lewis and Jenson were dicing for the win, the team immediately got on the radio and said stop you need to save fuel to both drivers. Time to wake up and actually race Nico, you are my Donkey of the Race, all you do is follow.

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