Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2016

Ferrari not as close as we thought – Rosberg

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In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says Mercedes’ lead over Ferrari in Russia shows they aren’t as close as feared.

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It’s a good job Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have Carlos Sainz Jnr’s luck – just two technical faults for him in the last few races was enough to prompt predictable conspiracy theory drivel from some quarters:

I get that Hamilton fans are frustrated and I fully understand why they ask Mercedes ‘What is going on?’.

However, the idea that a team, which pays its very popular driver tens of millions of dollars every year and has spent hundreds of millions to build a dominant car that has brought the same driver already two world championships, are suddenly sabotaging him for whatever reason is beyond ridiculous.
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  • 10 comments on “Ferrari not as close as we thought – Rosberg”

    1. As hard as it is to admit, yes, Ferrari isn’t as close as we thought.

      I would still watch Formula 1 for the amazing battles in the midfield race after race, but the leading position and the championship isn’t as entertaining as it should be.

      1. As long as Rosberg is cruising and Hamilton’s engines are breaking down, it won’t be…

      2. That’s true but F1 should not artificially try to close this gap, every few year a title goes to the wire but if this is forced it no longer becomes special. In the late naughties we were spoilt by dramatic title battles but these do not happen every year, sometimes we have to wait a decade for it. I have watched F1 for 30 years and this season is very good so far.

        Nice to see someone at Merc admitting Ferrari are no threat for now. Convenient they say this and appear to have turned their engines up as soon as it had been agreed on engine situation until 2020. Coincidence?

        1. @ducpham2708 @x303 It bears pointing out that Mercedes’ closest rivals were one-tenth of a second closer to them in qualifying at this track compared to last year:

          http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2015/10/10/2015-russian-grand-prix-grid/
          http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/04/30/2016-russian-grand-prix-grid/

        2. Very true markp.

          @keithcollantine Very well. I’m just frustrated by Hamilton current bad luck.

    2. I think we should ALL be able to see live tyre pressures. Teams can already, after all.

    3. lol JB.

      I wonder how many F1 staff did actually complain yesterday evening.

    4. It should read “KIMI isn’t as close as we thought”.

      If SV hadn’t been hit by an amateur TWICE, it may have been a different story.

      1. Kimi’s race pace is pretty close to Seb’s anyways, so I think Rosberg is making an informed decision. Kimi also outqualified Seb in China, so it’s not like he’s incredibly slow and is hiding Ferrari’s true pace.

    5. @KeithCollantine Thanks very much for the COTD. I have to admit that I am finding it a bit hard to enjoy F1 right now because of all the politics, lack of real battles during the races and lack of purposeful discussions off the track. That is why it is so important to know that there are still many fellow fans, who I enjoy talking to.

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