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Posted By: James Allen  |  11 Apr 2013   |  12:57 pm GMT  |  90 comments

Nico Rosberg says he is confident that there is no number one and no number two at Mercedes despite being asked to hold position behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.

Rosberg, 27, was quicker than Hamilton, 28, in the closing stages in Sepang and asked if he could overtake the 2008 world champion.

However team principal Ross Brawn refused his request citing that Hamilton had been asked to back off due to concerns over fuel consumption.

Hamilton went on to finish third, scoring his first podium for the team and saying after the race that Rosberg deserved to be on the podium, with the German fourth.

The German’s current contract, which was signed before Hamilton agreed his deal, has a clause which guarantees equal status within the team.

If Hamilton has a clause giving him number one status, Rosberg’s contract would be breached.

Speaking in Shanghai ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, where he won his maiden Formula 1 race last year, Rosberg insisted he had been given assurances that both drivers had equal status.

He said: “I am very confident that there is number one and number two. Extremely confident. But you can also answer that question yourself in a few weeks’ time or months’ time.”

Rosberg repeatedly questioned the decision to hold position during the race at Sepang but said that came about because the team had not discussed the procedure of such a situation before the race.

He said: “The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed it beforehand. That was the mistake that we did. It’s important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I’m in front and Lewis is behind or vice-a-versa, we will respect it.

“As long as one is prepared for it, it’s discussed and it’s understood, that’s the important thing. That’s the main mistake we did as a team.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton cancelled his media commitments in Shanghai on Thursday, returning to his hotel due to illness.

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  1. Haha says:

    It seems only Rosberg is not in on the real story.

    This is why he will never be a champion. Champions never accept the teammate’s lapdog role unless they are out of the title hunt themselves.

    Rosberg better start doing what Vettel did/does now or he will be another Rubens fast.

    1. madmax says:

      Did difference with Rubens was Schumacher was faster 9 out of 10 times. A number 1 role is earned and not inherited.

      Why was Kimi not no.1 at Ferrari? Because he and Massa were evenly matched.

      Why is Alonso no.1 at Ferrari? Because he has dominated Massa until recently.

      Rubens went to Ferrari saying he had equal no.1 status but just wasn’t good enough. Give me an example when a number 1 driver has been so without earning it?

      1. hero_was_senna says:

        Well said

      2. McLaren78 says:

        Alonso 2007 at Monaco GP…after that of course everything was kicked out of proportion.

        Vettel 2010 in Turkey, Canada, Silvestone. If RBR had backed Webber, he would have won the title with 2 races to spare, yet they decided to risk and blatantly back their favoured son.

        And don’t kid yourself. Both Schuey and Alonso have gone to Ferrari with No 1 status all over their contracts.

      3. madmax says:

        Can’t remember what happened at Monaco with Alonso/Hamilton but they were well matched the entire year and didn’t McLaren blow the title by not favoring one?

        Vettel was favored in 2010 because in 2009 at age 22 and in just his 2nd season in F1 he beat Webber in qualifying 15-2 and finished championship runner-up with Webber 4th place.

        Think that’s good enough reason to say he inherited his number one status.

        Rubens has yet to confirm he signed a contract to be number 2. He just wasn’t good enough as all Schumacher or Alonso’s teammates weren’t apart from Rosberg or in Alonso’s case Hamilton.

      4. kenstar says:

        Vettel was also favoured in 2010 because if it hadn’t been for car failures he would have won 5 more races that year, and technically he could still win the Wdc like kimi did in 2007

    2. kfzmeister says:

      I agree. He seems to be missing that killer instinct. That ruthlessness that says: This is mine for the taking. Exactly what Hamilton would have done (and has done in the past).
      Poor Nico, too politically correct.

      1. matthew says:

        done in the past,when???
        and if its in nico’s contract he’s guaranteed equal status,then they cannot make nico a number 2.
        nico is very smart,he’ll know if he is or not,and he is very certain he isnt.lewis doesnt want a number 1 role.

      2. Bring Back Murray says:

        Or he’s too afraid of Brawn. Something Seb doesn’t have a issue with regarding Horner!

      3. Tealeaf says:

        Brawn’s just trying to make calls to undermine Wolff and Lauda, shame Nico has to suffer but with Brawn almost certain to go after this year Nico should have sent 1 down the inside of Hamilton in the last 5 laps when Hamilton’s fuel was critical, Nico has missed his boat to make a statement of intent like Alonso did to Massa at China 2010 by passing him into the pits or what Seb tried to do to Webber at Turkey 2010, true champions don’t yield, I hated Schumacher for retiring Hill at Adelaide 1994 but looking back he done that because he knew he couldn’t let an inferior driver beat him, it was crude him and Senna driving people off the road intentionally and worse than what Seb does but its a champion’s mentality.

    3. Sebee says:

      Let’s wait and see. This is still early going.

      It is funny to me that a team hires two drivers, pays one 5X what the other gets paid and then then say we treat both the same. If that is the case, pay them both the same. Otherwise, salary dictates your preceived value to the team.

      This is true for Alonso and Massa, Vettel and Webber, Hamilton and Rosberg and Kimi and Jean. Clearly there is a driver who is getting paid more, and therefore worth more to the team. By default with the salary they have voted who the #1 is. So stop blowing the sunshine up the fan’s trousers.

      …But, I have to tell you, I enjoy seeing a lower paid driver get the upper hand on the higher paid driver. I can’t wait to see how Alonso will respond in China to being 0-2 in Quali and behind in points. It’s not enough pressure, but if he doesn’t finish well in China, that pressure will start to mount. And for once, I’d like to see him with that pressure like in the 2007 season.

      1. mhilgtx says:

        Your whole post is spot on. I do not for one second believe a team is going to hang it’s highest profile and highest paid driver out to dry unless they are forced into it. It just makes zero sense.

        As for Alonso he is another one that the more I learn about him the less I like. Let’s see how he does, so far Vettel has pretty well exposed him. I think Hamilton has more talent as well.

      2. Richardd says:

        Couldn’t agree any less…

    4. Zombie says:

      Despite Rubens never ending whining about his treatment at Ferrari, he still spend 6 long years with the Scuderia. Either he is smart or really really dumb.

      Both Ross (during his sabbatical) and Todt have mentioned many a times that the only clause on Rubens contract was that Michael would have the first take on the T car.

      Truth is, the so called no.2′s wouldnt be no.2′s if they consistently outscored/outdrove the “No.1″.

      1. hero_was_senna says:

        Always been my argument.
        Piquet signed for Williams on the assumption he was no 1. Mansell soon put him in his place and showed Puquet up for exactly what he was, a spoilt driver who didn’t like the fight.
        All Rubens, Webber, Massa etc have to do is qualify ahead, race in front and then make way for the number 1 themselves. Without team orders.
        How long before the team changes the support structure?

      2. Tealeaf says:

        You’re right but the problem is for Massa and Webber is in the long term over a season Seb and Alonso are just better than them, that can’t be disputed.

      3. Kay says:

        I agree with you.

        Not trying to argue, but Germany 2010, Massa was ahead until he was told by the team to let by Alonso.

        Going a little bit further back to Australia 2010, Massa was ahead of Alonso and the latter came on the radio wanting Massa out of the way.

        As much of a fan of Alonso as I am, I do feel there is a little bit of bully in him.

    5. Stephen Taylor says:

      I don’t agree with you that Nico should do ‘a Vettel’. However Rosberg must face facts that Lewis in terms of speed is the Number 1 . Also it sounds like Lewis has had a bit of a hayfever.
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/apr/11/lewis-hamilton-ill-shanghai-chinese

      1. Wanja says:

        After just two races run and the last one seeing Rosberg in favor in the closing stage and outqualifying Hamilton in every but the last lap, I wouldn’t be so sure that Hamilton is that much faster.

      2. Stephen Taylor says:

        Q3 and the Race are where the very good are distinguished from world class. Rosberg is a very good driver and intelligent but feel he will be another Rubens. Someone capable of winning races but not aggressive enough to win a title. Also as pointed out by many posters Lewis earns 5 times Nico’s Salary, so Lewis is Number 1. As a Kimi fan just as Long as the Lotus can beat the Mercs I’ll be happy. A Raikkonen/Grosjean 1-2 would be nice.

      3. Jeff says:

        He probably is a little faster on outright pace (based upon the small sample of Q3 qualifying performances so far). The problem in today’s tyre-limited F1 world is that doesn’t matter very much.

        Both drivers are equally skilled at the regularity rally which has replaced racing this year, and Nico may even be a little ahead.

        I’ve been a fan of F1 for several decades now, but it’s getting to the point where I’m finding the Aussie V8 supercar series more interesting. It’s still miles better than NASCAR, but so is watching paint dry :-)

      4. mhilgtx says:

        Hamilton out qualifies Rosberg and that proves he Hamilton is slower? Not sure I understand there. It is like Vettel barely making it past Q1 and Q2 but then taking pole in Q3. Then we find out he did it to save a set of option’s for the race. It is the fastest lap in Q3 that counts non of the others, just like it is who crosses the finish line first, not the fastest lap in the race.

      5. kenstar says:

        Yes but Rosberg was faster in the race too, hamilton was running higher revs to keep up with the redbulls while rosberg was the fastest man on track setting purple sectors most of the time that too with less fuel consumption than hamiltion, I.e lower revs, both were equally fuelled at the start

    6. vuelve kowalsky says:

      agree

    7. hero_was_senna says:

      One thing keeps coming to mind. MSC and Rosberg were teammates for 3 years.
      When Hamilton was signed, suddenly Mercedes had the missing piece of the jigsaw. Iirc, one of the management said, if they don’t win now, it’s not the driver that’s at fault…

      How can Rosberg be equal in that team??

      1. Sebee says:

        It is only the fact that a German wallet pays the bills that I have a slight hope that Rosberg is treated equal with Lewis. However, my doubts quickly disappear when I remind myself that the same German wallet just paid significantly more for Lewis’ services.

        For the record, I don’t care if there are #1 and #2, Equal Treatment or Team Orders. I simply care about variety and all teams not doing same thing all the time.

        Ideally, if I could have my wish, I’d like all even years to be equal treatment no team orders, and all odd years to be #1 & #2 plus team orders. Just for change up and to give the #2s a shot every 2 years. :-)

    8. Quercus says:

      Both Hamilton/Rosberg and Vettel/Webber were at similar risk of not being able to hold their positions — for different reasons. In the case on the RBs it was front tyre wear and in the case of MERCs it was fuel availability. Both teams issued team orders to maximise their positions at the finish. In the case of Vettel he took a big risk of wearing out his front tyres by ignoring team orders. In the case of Rosberg, he wisely decided not to take a risk, to follow instructions and cruise home behind Hamilton.

      Though he got away with it on this occasion, on another day, in another race, Vettel’s cavalier approach to team advice and risk management — all things being equal — is likely to put a future race result at risk for him. Rosberg’s approach is much safer and sensible which should mean, statistical speaking, he stands a better chance over a series of races to maximise his potential race positions.

      Vettel needs to remember how important the advice and help of his team is to maximising his results.

      1. Rene says:

        There is only ‘risk’ if the slower driver tries to fight the faster driver. If it is only about scoring the max points for the team, what difference does it make who is first?
        I don’t understand why faster drivers have to stay behind slower drivers to avoid ‘risk’. Why don’t the slower drivers release the faster drivers in the interest of the team? This would make more sense, as the fans wouldn’t be obliged to accept an effectively false race result. It is a RACE, after all. The fastest driver should win.

      2. Poyta says:

        You miss the points, its go nothing to do with where you are on the track relevant to your team mate – got nothing to do with slower drivers or faster drivers. Its a risk because you as a driver if have no feedback from your team don’t have a clue what is happening with your car, whether its fuel, tyres, electrical, hydraulics ect ect. Only the team knows it and when they tell you to drive to a certain pace or tell you to turn your engine down whether you are 1st, 2nd or 5th and irrespective of where your team mate is its because they know best how to maximise the result. If you decide to ignore that risk and choose to selfishly pursue points for your own WDC then you risk getting none. Seb’s tyres were destroyed at the end of the Malaysian F1 and he was lucky they lasted to the end – would love to have heard his explanation that he was only doing what the team hired him to do if his tyres let go and he got a DNF or fall right back and got no points.

      3. Kay says:

        “Why don’t the slower drivers release the faster drivers in the interest of the team?”

        If they have that kind of mentality, they would be running charity orgs rather than F1.

      4. kenstar says:

        Rosberg had more fuel than hamilton infact his race engineer asked him to push while hamilton was asked to save fuel

      5. kenstar says:

        Rosberg had more fuel than hamilton infact his race engineer asked him to push while hamilton was asked to save fuel. You can check the team radio, hence the call by mercedes was wrong which is why wolff and niki had a chat with brawn after the race to sort it out. Now the will not openly criticize Ross so the matter is closed, Vettel tyres were destroyed but he was yet fast enough to keep Webber behind

  2. Grant H says:

    Yes there is

  3. Anil says:

    James shouldn’t this say ‘I am confident that there is NO number one and no number two’?

    Anyway, not surprising news as before the ‘hold off’ call from Brawn, Nico overtook Lewis twice before getting re-overtaken. They clearly are allowed to fight.

  4. Andrew M says:

    “I am very confident that there is number one and number two.”

    I assume there is a “no” missing in there somewhere…

    1. Kay says:

      Or he feels he’s the no.1 and Lewis is the no.2 :D

  5. Erik says:

    I hope this wasnt the incident where Nico became the next Massa. We all know how Ross likes team orders.. Im sure Irvine, Rubens, and Felipe all dreamed of much more when they were young kids. Stand up for yourself Nico, the way you rolled over the following day with that PR speach about playing for the team was quite telling, and in complete contrast to your comments over the team radio. Don’t let them beat you down.

    1. Bring Back Murray says:

      I guess that depends on what Hamilton has got written in his contact doesn’t it. Surely he must have some advantage over Nico, otherwise he would not have signed.

  6. Bring Back Murray says:

    (Rosberg) “says he is confident that he and team-mate Lewis Hamilton have equal status”

    He needs to come back from the land of the faries and back to reality!

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      Sadly I think this situation could develop into a Red Bull situation later down the line which is not too dissimilar to Hamilton had with Alonso in 2007.

  7. goferet says:

    What Rosberg is referring to here is that Mercedes haven’t got an arrangement in place similar to the one seen at Ferrari where a number 2 driver knows from the very start that he’s main goal is to help the number 1 driver win the championship.

    So yeah, currently, the Mercedes drivers are free to race themselves (till the last pit stops) but over time when a pattern in performance begins to develop as the season wears on, that driver ahead in the standings will become the defacto team leader.

    And yes, Rosberg’s explanation makes sense as to why he was confused in Malaysia >>> team orders hadn’t been discussed beforehand.

    Now having seen how Nico handled himself during the race and afterwards, I can see the Lewis-Rosberg partnership working very well together and getting the team some good points for as they say in life >>> you should always marry your friend.

    Meanwhile, very funny that Rosberg had an equal status contract with Schumi around.
    Perhaps Schumi has always had equal status with his former teammates, which is very different from what some fans have always been saying.

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      Is that so well how come Ferrari did this When MS was around .
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNWbvgHhngg

  8. AuraF1 says:

    Rosberg is in a team sponsored by a massive Malaysian based company, which has just spent about 19 times his salary on a former world champion and probably the biggest name in the sport (whether justified or not). If he thinks that sponsor wanted to see him rather than Hamilton on the podium, he’s not as smart as everyone thinks.

    I think Rosberg is that smart. He knows he’s been relegated by the realities of the money situation. He’s setting up his best Mark Webber defence which is to make it tricky for the team to overtly favour Hamilton all the time – as in the public perception that will harm Hamilton as much as it harms Vettel.

    The difference is Hamilton knows it too. He is far more aware of his global brand perception than Vettel – who genuinely doesn’t seem to care about being liked in the slightest any more.

    If Hamilton feels his public image is being tarnished by Mercedes favouritism, he might actively resist it. Which is Rosberg’s best bet.

    Hamilton’s best bet is just to beat Rosberg as often as he can fair and square. He has a very loyal and (a few) obsessed fanbase. But even some of them might start to baulk at his achievements if it looks to be handed on a silver platter.

    1. Me says:

      You think drivers want to be ‘liked’?

      1. AuraF1 says:

        No, I think Lewis Hamilton and Lewis Hamilton’s image management team want ‘Brand Hamilton’ to be globally liked as epitomising youth and racing prowess – not as a paid to win at the handicapping of a team-mate.

        This has nothing to do with what reality is, or whether drivers want to be ‘liked’ – it is about money and image.

        As I said, Rosberg wants to be equal. The team would prefer their massive investment in their star coup signing to pay off, as would the sponsors. My point is Rosberg’s only got two options – either beat Hamilton by such a margin that team orders don’t rear their heads against him again or b – make it so uncomfortable for Lewis’ global image that his team-mate won’t want team orders impacting on his brand.

        This is exactly the same sort of scenario David Beckham had, when players knew he couldn’t lash out again as it would tarnish his global reputation as part of the Beckham Brand Building.

      2. Me says:

        Very good points.

        It’s such a shame that this ‘Brand’ nonsense has made its way into F1 and that it’s all about money and image.

      3. James Allen says:

        Aren’t all Top Tier sports nowadays?

        Seen much NBA, Champions League etc?

      4. Me says:

        I can’t reply to James:

        “Aren’t all Top Tier sports nowadays?

        Seen much NBA, Champions League etc?”

        Nope, not seen any of that…

      5. mhilgtx says:

        I think Hamilton is a savvy businessman that has hired even more savvy businessmen to ensure that he maximizes his earning potential. Some day Hamilton might not be able to race F1 cars and he knows that. Yes I am very impressed with Mr. Hamilton.

  9. Quade says:

    I wonder why we are so engrossed with the number 1 or 2 stuff. It isn’t in either Rosbergs or Lewis contracts.

    In the last couple of weeks, British ex-driver after British ex-driver has come out to claim that Lewis is number one at Merc. It is more a national wish than borne out by legal fact. We all want the British guy to be number one, but lets not jinx Lewis and lets not be unfair to Rosberg who is no slouch either.

    1. Me says:

      How do ‘we’ know what is or isn’t in either contract?

      1. Quade says:

        Because Ross Brawn, Lewis and Rosberg all say so. Even more, Lewis reaction to the team order was telling too; he is not a man that wants unfair advantage.

        That is not to say though that the Merc board does not prefer him. We’ve had several glowing words from Ross Brawn already. Here is what Toto Wolff had to say:

        “Lewis not only has an immense driving talent, but a great technical understanding.

        “He also has the right feel for the staff and how to motivate them. After the first two days of testing, he knew all 50 team members at the track by name.

        “The image of him that is sometimes drawn by the media does not correspond to reality,” insisted Wolff.

        Wolff admitted, however, that with all the changes come higher expectations.

        “We have been brought in to turn the team around,” he said, referring also to Lauda, “and if we cannot (do that), we’re gone.

        “But I’m convinced we can, and the board knows what resources and time we need.”

        http://www.f1-fansite.com/f1-news/toto-wolff-hamilton-helps-mercedes-to-shed-old-f1-image/

        Thats seriously effervescent!
        If indeed Merc have seen gold in Lewis, then any number one/two standing would be unofficial, just like it was with Mika and Coulthard at McLaren. Lets wait and see. Time will tell.

      2. mhilgtx says:

        I don’t see why any team would allow a number one or number two standing to be placed in a contract. It is not necessary since the contracts have (I assume) a clause that demands a driver follow team instructions.

        Does anyone know of any confirmed, and I mean a link to a copy of the actual contract, situation where this type of contract has been executed?

      3. Me says:

        He wouldn’t want an unfair advantage? to win the world championship? are you really so sure about that?

      4. Quade says:

        Being no 1 in a team does not guarantee the WDC.

      5. Me says:

        Being No. 2 is hardly likely to bring one a WDC either…

    2. AuraF1 says:

      A large number of ex-drivers have actually come out to say they never liked team orders and although they would probably obey and don’t think it’s possible to rid the sport of them realistically, they don’t want to be on the receiving end – so they’re effectively supporting Rosberg in that statement.

      I don’t think it’s British bias at work there. I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with team orders – even knowing they are part and parcel of this sport – it is difficult to get your head around a sport which has teams that go racing but also have those teams members actively trying to beat the other side of the same garage.

      I think Lewis has been given defacto number one status simply due to money reasons. Sponsors will prefer to see Hamilton winning rather than Rosberg (i’m sure they’d love 1-2′s mostly, but if it’s a choice, they’ll take the heaviest investment for a return on image rights).

  10. Quade says:

    @James
    You have a typo in this sentence:
    “I am very confident that there is number one and number two. Extremely confident. But you can also answer that question yourself in a few weeks’ time or months’ time.”
    :)

  11. Mike from Colombia says:

    James, is it unusual that Rosberg has informed journalists about his contact clause?

    On a separate note. It is important to remember that the engines and gearboxes have to last for multiple races.

    It is not in the interests of the team if the drivers to race if the total team points position remains unchanged. Why put extra stress on the engines and gearboxes, knowing that it would be better to stroke them to the finish and preserve their life for the next races?

    James, what do you actually think the situation is?

  12. s says:

    “I am very confident that there is number one and number two.”

    is there supposed to be a “no” somewhere in that sentence?

  13. jeroen says:

    I could be wrong but I don’t think any driver in F1 history had a driver status written in their contract. Barrichello has always said that he did not and just at times acted according to team wishes. That does not mean there are not favourites, like Vettel or Alonso or Shumi within a team.

    1. AuraF1 says:

      I don’t know if any have ever admitted an actual contractual clause was signed, but I have seen interviews with several drivers who didn’t end up signing with Ferrari as they had been given contracts to sign which stated their position in the team was secondary to a chosen star.

    2. Peter says:

      Many, many moons ago in the dim and distant 90′s, I recall Martin Brundle referencing a clause in David Coulthard’s contract during a race commentary which stated that he (Coulthard) would be required to move over for Mika Hakkinen should the situation arise. Martin Brundle was David Coulthard’s manager at the time, so he should know. Does that constitute a contractual #2? In situations similar to the one being discussed, it certainly does.

  14. matthew says:

    i personally dont believe there is a number 1 at merc.
    i mean if ppl really think lewis is number 1 at merc,they must believe mark is the number 1 at redbull considering they told vettel not to overtake him.
    further more nico did overtake lewis twice and was unable to make either stick.
    if lewis was really the number 1,they wouldnt have allowed nico to overtake lewis even once.

    1. Pete says:

      Precisely. There’s no evidence right now that if it had been Rosberg ahead at that stage (perhaps after making one of his overtaking moves stick), that Lewis wouldn’t have been asked to stay behind Nico. As I see it, Brawn had 3 options.
      1) Let them race
      2) Ask them to hold stations
      3) Ask them to swap positions.

      I’m personally in favour of 1, but many team principles opt for 2. The only reason I can see for 3 is if there’s something more on the line, such as if there was a threat from behind or a chance to catch the car ahead. This wasn’t the case here.

      The order to hold station is a common one. People weren’t talking about number 1 drivers with FI in Melbourne and no one is suggesting Webber is number 1 at RB. The people who call this “clear” evidence of favoritism seem to be seeing what they want to see (Of course they coyld be proved right but, as any scientist knows, one data point isn’t enough to spot a trend).

      Incidentally I only recently discovered this site and it’s already my favorite for F1 analysis. Good job!

      1. James Allen says:

        Thanks, tell your friends

  15. aveli says:

    rosberg is right and is confident of his abilities. he doesn’t need to beat around the bush about it. after all he beat the great schumacher each and everyone of the 3 seasons they were teammates.

    1. Mike from Colombia says:

      Not by much in 2011 and 2012 is debatable.

      1. aveli says:

        nearly is not good enough. beating is beating. the margin doesn’t matter, just like a race win. it doesn’t matter by what margin you win. a win is a win.

    2. Quade says:

      But the current Schumi aint no Lewis.
      Perhaps, a younger Schumi and Lewis would have been rivals.
      In fact Schumi should have maintained his enigmatic status and never have returned to F1, it just didn’t work out. He kept having car issues and running into the backs of other cars.

      1. aveli says:

        at the end of the season we will be clear to us how hamilton and schumachers performance against compare.

  16. DB says:

    If it hadn’t been discussed, why did he ask for permission? Why didn’t he just go and overtake?
    Or did he and the team was first on the radio telling him to back off?

    1. Quade says:

      Nah, he was just frustrated. And thats because each time he patiently took several laps to overtake Lewis, the damn Lewis IMMEDIATELY overtook him right back. So he asked Ross Brawn for help and got, “negative Nico!”

      1. Thompson says:

        The mind games…..

        Nico does this “he’s too slow” to distabalize Hamilton when he watches the re-runs later in the day.

        Hamilton returns the favour by faking embarressment on the podium, knowing he put “him undermanners” (loaned from one of Martin Brundle’s better F1 quips) each time he dared to impose himself on the track…..lol

        F1 – best soap opera on the telly.

  17. Dale says:

    Delusional – a driver is always paid what he’s worth to the team, I wonder how their salaries compare?

  18. ice cream is faster than you says:

    Nico Rosbergs is Merc´s new #2 driver and also every other top teams #2 driver should he decide to part from Merc. After Malaysia the team principals of Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren or Lotus will just assume he is a easy to handle candidate for a support driver role in their teams.

    Rosberg should take a leaf out of his countrymans Vettel (add Hulk, Sutil) book and stop bending over for anyone. He can still win Mercs first race in 2013 in China, and the second and … If he doesnt F1 found its new Massa, Barrichello, Berger for the next 5 years !

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      You forget to add Coulthard and Fisi to that list

  19. Anne says:

    Mercedes has a very good car this season. Nico will have his chance. The problem will be more near the end depending on the standings and the plans Mercedes has for next season.

    P.S. James, what kind of illness Lewis has? I wish him a speedy recovery

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      If Lewis can’t race bring Hakkinen out of retirement . That would be something.

      1. Kay says:

        That would be something… of a Schumacher-style embarrassment for Mika.

  20. Fan says:

    Who radio the pit lane for permission to pass? Are we racing or having tea? Seems that he could take a lesson from VET. Until he grows a pair he will be the defacto #2 driver.

    1. Kay says:

      Had the same curiosity too.

      If he wants number one, he gotta work and fight for it to earn it.

  21. mark says:

    It’s all interesting & current but also cumbersome and dull.It is great that comm’s are available but I can see that it would be so much simpler to go back to just Pit Board communications, even if only after last pit stop. One only has to look at job titles…
    The Team Principal must dictate, but the Driver must drive

  22. Hiten says:

    this guy is in trouble…so everytime this kind of situation arises he will have to hold station and will lose points to Lewis. Eventually he will have to support Lewis when season is in crucial stage or Lewis is fighting for championship only because Nico gave his points to Lewis.

    He should have done a Vettel here cause my friend (and Webber) if you are in a war and your opponent is out of bullets you are not supposed to spare his life. He is out of bullets cause he didnt use it wisely!!!

  23. Mike J says:

    Rosberg; “The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed it beforehand.”

    History repeats itself. Sounds like Silverstone 2011 from another team. Dont get me wrong i like Rosberg however i just get the feeling that something is missing in his overall package. HAM has plenty of it.
    Frankly i cannot see him, when the backs are against the wall, being given the ‘nod’ over HAM, whether intentionally or not unless it means MERC gets an extra place up the ladder in the WCC in the last race. Is that a no: 1 or no: 2?, doesn’t matter what they call it but that what happens at the end of the day.

  24. JohnBt says:

    Nico – DISOBEY TEAM ORDERS! the next time it happens.

    Yes, yes, yes the team needs the points for money.
    We fans want real racing for christ sake!

  25. mhilgtx says:

    Can someone tell me if you guys in GB can get all of the radio messages? I saw the Sky web app and man it looks amazing. Fox has something very much like it here and you can listen to all of your teams radio transmissions from it. You can as it appears in the Sky app watch the in car. Unfortunately F1 is on NBC here and while they are showing P2 and Q2 and the race with an hour of analysis afterwards that is all. The guys doing the show are pretty good but there is only so much support at this point.

    1. mhilgtx says:

      The Fox app is for NASCAR, forgot to mention that.

  26. Thompson says:

    As others have mentioned why can’t Nico and some of the posters acknowledge each time he over took Hamilton, Hamilton took the place back….. its crazy.

    If they had raced on would they have both failed to finish?

    That was the reason for the ‘orders’ both were advised to slow down – I like Nico but this was a play to the cameras, for sure. If Hamilton was not there he would still only have driven fast enough for 3rd.

    If fuelled correctly Hamilton could have challenged the RBs for the win, seriously it was an impressive drive given Mercs last season he WAS racing for the win – at no point was Rosberg in that position through out the ‘racing’ stints.

    I think this is the big downside of F1 on Sky – it looks like only a few actually SAW the race the rest seem to be commenting on the media reports.

    I am no fan of team orders but Rosberg needs to get on with the bizniz, if he’s going to beat Hamilton then beat him, out qualify him, lead, do it – not wait till the last few laps after team orders to turn down the engines. then harp on about being quicker – thats pretty immature.

    Even so, looks like I’m turning into a fully fledged Merc fan this story-line is to me more intriguing than the Vettel/Webber story-line.

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