After the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton responds to Nico Rosberg’s “soft” critique.
After finishing second in the French Grand Prix, the seven-time world champion lashes out at his former team-mate.
After the French Grand Prix, when the Briton’s primary title opponent Max Verstappen was named winner in Paul Ricard, Lewis Hamilton has responded to his old teammate Nico Rosberg’s criticism.
Verstappen overcame an early error on the first lap when he ran wide at turn two, allowing the seven-time world champion to pass him and seize the lead.
However, the drama of the race changed on lap 20 when Red Bull pitted Verstappen for a new set of tyres, a move Mercedes had not expected or covered off, leaving Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas sitting ducks on older tyres in the closing laps.
Verstappen fought his way through the field and reeled in Hamilton after re-entering the race in fourth place, eventually passing the seven-time world champion to capture the victory.
“Unusual from Lewis…,” Rosberg said after the race. I mean, why don’t you just shut the dang door?
“Normally, Lewis is the best one-to-one racer, so I’m shocked he didn’t attempt To brake late, keep it on the outside. Lewis was a little squishy there.
Hamilton would have restored the championship lead by two points over the Dutchman if he had managed to hang on to the victory in his bid to become an eight-time world champion.
The Mercedes driver, on the other hand, retorted to Rosberg, reminding him how ‘pointless’ it would have been to defend.
“First and foremost, there are marbles on the inside, so I didn’t want to make my tyres any worse than they were,” Hamilton explained as Verstappen stormed past him for the race lead.
“He had the DRS open, so if he didn’t overtake me then, he’d have past me on the straight afterwards, so it wouldn’t have made a difference, and I didn’t have a front end, so he’d have gotten me either way.
“It was foolish to put up any further resistance. I believe you saw what happened to Valtteri — he simply kept going.
“Therefore, there was no point in tampering with the tyres any longer.”
“Two-stop, definitely… two-stop would have done the job, but it wasn’t in the cards for us at all, so we’ll.”Brinkwire Summary News.”