Rosberg: Wolff ‘wasn’t telling truth’ to Hamilton

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Rosberg: Wolff ‘wasn’t telling truth’ to Hamilton

Nico Rosberg believes Toto Wolff’s radio message at Imola was “very good” in making an attempt to maintain Lewis Hamilton motivated, however was “not fairly the reality”.

Wolff apologised to the seven-time former World Champion over group radio as he crossed the road within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after a torrid race for Hamilton that noticed him end all the best way down in P13 and lapped by eventual winner Max Verstappen.

“Sorry for what you’ve got wanted to drive in the present day,” Wolff stated on to Hamilton. “I do know that is undriveable and never what we deserve to attain because of this.

“We’ll transfer from there, however this was a horrible race. We are going to come out of this.”

Hamilton admitted his title hopes for this 12 months are over after the mud had settled at Imola, having been off the tempo all weekend within the W13 – a automobile he described as being “not far off” the worst he has pushed in his 16 seasons in System 1.

There’s nonetheless an extended approach to go within the season, however Rosberg thinks Wolff saying he’s shouldering the accountability is a intelligent ploy, serving to deflect from Hamilton’s struggles whereas team-mate George Russell went on to take 12 factors from the race.

“Toto was enjoying the psychological sport, which could be very good on his behalf,” the 2016 World Champion advised Sky Sports activities F1.

“[Mercedes are] taking the blame themselves, actually making an attempt to assist Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying, ‘hey, Lewis, it’s not your doing, it’s actually on us’. That’s very good as a result of it’s not fairly the reality.

“Let’s not overlook Russell is in P4 with that very same automobile, so Lewis undoubtedly had a giant position to play in that poor end result this weekend.

“Russell nonetheless managed to get P4 out of it with an excellent weekend, so there was extra in that automobile.”

 

Russell now holds a 21-point lead over his new team-mate after 4 races, having completed forward of Hamilton on three events within the early stage of his Mercedes profession.

The youthful Briton made up 5 locations on the primary lap at Imola and made the many of the clearer air to choose his well past Kevin Magnussen and revenue from Charles Leclerc’s spin to take his fourth-placed end on the weekend – however he has backed Hamilton to be “so robust” in his comeback.

 

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