|Finally things have reached boiling point at Mercedes|
Nico Roberg’s error literally robbed Lewis Hamilton of pole on the tight twists of Monaco. Making a genuine mistake under braking and exiting the track, yellow flags meant Hamilton had to abandon his final lap . While there was no malicious intent, the fact that Nico Rosberg celebrated while getting out of the car looked to be bad taste in what was a hollow victory. The body language was obvious and led to the most tense press conference I have seen, with Lewis biting his lip and unable to answer questions in rage. Lewis even went further and when asked, suggested it was a deliberate move from Rosberg along with others. I don’t agree.
The incident saw Rosberg see-sawing on the wheel under braking and him putting his car down the slip road. The car look unbalanced, his decision on where to put the car looked nervous and Nico’s reaction after tells me was not a deliberate act. Yes, he did actually reverse his car to get back on the track but to me it’s pretty clear what happened. With yellow flags waving he had to at least demonstrate to the marshals that he had seen the yellow flags and slowdown. However he had to slow in what was his fastest sector of the race track, sector 2 and so decided the rest of his effort was futile.
The incident seems to have ignited the tension between these two and also bring some strange reactions out of pressure. Rosberg’s positive and exciting celebration where strange, while Lewis saw red. He closed up and as always couldn’t mask his anger and disappointment. The FIA stewards have been asked to investigate the incident at the time of writing.
One thing is for sure, the situation has certainly added spice to tommorow...