Nico Rosberg uses the word ‘careful’ to describe his driving style. Mercedes has warned Lewis Hamilton that he must not make any more mistakes.
Mercedes’ decision-making during the French Grand Prix was criticized by the 2016 world champion.
Lewis Hamilton has been advised that he must be “careful” in order to prevent Mercedes from falling farther behind Red Bull in the Formula One title battle. In Sunday’s French Grand Prix, Hamilton lost further ground to Max Verstappen, and former world champion Nico Rosberg has criticized Mercedes’ recent strategy.
Verstappen extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 12 points after passing Hamilton to make up for an earlier error and win at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Mercedes had to pay the price for making the strategic mistake of just stopping once, leaving Hamilton out for one lap too many at Le Castellet.
Despite Verstappen slipping wide on the first circuit to give Hamilton the lead, Red Bull risked on an extra pit stop and reaped the rewards to win for the third time in a row.
On the radio, Mercedes’ senior strategist James Vowles said, “This one’s on us,” and Rosberg believes the team is feeling the strain.
“I believe Mercedes has made some significant strategic errors,” he stated on Sky Sports.
“That duel between Mercedes and Red Bull is really incredible. Every detail is crucial.
“You can see Mercedes is under pressure because they’ve made so many mistakes in such a short period of time. They’re still an incredible force and a fantastic team.
“However, [Red Bull’s pace] is such a boost, and they’re (becoming) the dominant force more and more, which is putting a lot of pressure on Mercedes, and we’re seeing Mercedes make mistake after mistake.
“They must be cautious, and they must maintain their composure from now on if they are to have a chance.”
After leading for so long, Hamilton was naturally dissatisfied with a second-place finish, but he knows he is up against an uphill battle because to Red Bull’s speed advantage.
The seven-time world champion added, “Those guys are just too quick now.”
“This weekend, they took a tremendous stride forward. We’re losing three and a half tenths only on the straights, so I believe they’ve made some progress.
“We need to determine out whether the problem is with the rear wing or the engine. In any case, we must improve.
“The outcome would have been the same if he hadn’t made a mistake at the start. We’re a little late.”Brinkwire Summary News.”