/ Motorsport / Mercedes driver tension still simmering

Mercedes driver tension still simmering

Linked In Share

Jun.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The tension between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is continuing to simmer on the back boiler.

The pot boiled over spectacularly in Monaco, where Briton Hamilton’s behaviour was slammed by the media as a ‘tantrum’ in the wake of Rosberg’s controversial qualifying mistake.

It is widely thought team chairman Niki Lauda, a triple world champion with famously vast experience of driver rivalries, stepped in.

But Hamilton told Bild newspaper in Austria: “Niki does less for our relationship than everyone thinks.

“I’ve known Nico since I was 13,” he said. “If there are problems, we’ll talk — the team doesn’t have to tell us.”

Asked, however, if Lauda phoned him after the Monaco saga, Hamilton admitted: “He sent me a text message. Then I called him and told him that I did want to talk to Nico.

“Nico and I spoke and now everything is good — which pleases Niki, of course,” he smiled.

And Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, said smiling is a better tactic for Hamilton than was his Monaco tantrum.

“Lewis has learned that a sad face does nothing for his image,” he is quoted by Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

Still, the tension continues to simmer. Rosberg said before travelling to Austria that he thinks his last two results have given him the psychological “edge” over Hamilton.

On Thursday, Hamilton hit back: “It’s positive he feels that way, even for me.

“If he is feeling that way and I beat him anyway, that’s even better for me.”

He rejected the theory that Rosberg has managed to pull out a 22-point championship lead due to driving “smarter” — for instance by more successfully nursing an ailing Mercedes car two weeks ago in Canada.

“Anyone who says that doesn’t know the facts,” Hamilton hit back.

“I had more problems with my car because I had less fresh air (for cooling) — Nico was in more air and so he went to the end,” he explained.

Smarter or not, F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss on Thursday said he would put his money on Hamilton.

“Without a doubt, Lewis is the fastest in formula one,” he said at a Maserati event in Italy.

“It’s a great battle with Nico, because the German is consistent, makes few mistakes, is good with the mechanics — but Hamilton is undoubtedly faster. I have no doubt about that,” Moss insisted.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Friday, June 20th, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Mercedes driver tension still simmering

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Supplier claims auto usage of aluminum could triple
Supplier claims auto usage of aluminum could tripleAccording to many industry observers, analysts and even executives from top suppliers, Ford’s move to produce the F-150 pickup ...
Jaguar F-Type Coupe gets updated by Arden
Jaguar F-Type Coupe gets updated by ArdenThe aftermarket specialists from Arden have officially presented a tuning program aimed towards the Jaguar F-Type Coupe. It’s ...
US: Boston drivers rule the risky-prone rankings
US: Boston drivers rule the risky-prone rankingsAccording to Allstate Corp., the bottom of the annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas has the drivers from ...
Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider gets spied
Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider gets spiedOur spy photographers have managed to capture, for the first time ever, the convertible version of the hot Ferrari 458 Speciale, ...
Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake to go on sale on January 15
Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake to go on sale on January 15The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will go on sale next year, on the 15th of January. The second body style of the ...
BMW M6 facelift caught on camera
BMW M6 facelift caught on cameraThe German based automaker BMW is currently working on a facelifted version of the entire 6-Series lineup, which will also ...
Germany: politicians clash over Autobahn toll proposal
Germany: politicians clash over Autobahn toll proposalVying for public attention as much as the major international crises in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, the issue of Germany’s plan to ...
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Huracan vs. Russian jet fighter
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Huracan vs. Russian jet fighterA Lamborghini Huracan supercar has been recently put against an impressive Russian jet fighter to provide something you don’t ...
India follows China and slaps 14 carmakers with fine after antitrust probe
India follows China and slaps 14 carmakers with fine after antitrust probeThe country’s anti-monopoly enforcer has announced that 14 automakers will be fined a combined 25.4 billion rupees ($420 ...
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe spied on the Ring
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe spied on the RingA prototype of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz ML Coupe has been recently caught on camera while it was being tested out on the ...
Toyota GT 86 gets tuned by Rowen
Toyota GT 86 gets tuned by RowenJapanese tuning company Rowen has recently created a wide body kit for the popular Toyota GT 86 budget sports car. If you are a ...
2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets priced over-seas
2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets priced over-seasVolkswagen has announced the official price list for the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta across the United States, where the model in ...
GM ignition switch victims fund reaches 100 fatality claims
GM ignition switch victims fund reaches 100 fatality claimsA spokeswoman for Ken Feinberg, the lawyer hired by General Motors to rule over the company’s compensation fund, said the ...
Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG going to NAIAS
Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG going to NAIASMercedes-Benz is planning to introduce the so-called C450 AMG next year, during the next year’s 2015 NAIAS, in Detroit. The ...
Russia: AvtoVAZ to lower Lada production
Russia: AvtoVAZ to lower Lada productionThe Russian carmaker announced it aims to cut factory output of its Lada brand cars by as many as 25,000 units during the ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

jaguar f-type arden tuning 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
Toyota GT 86 gets tuned by Rowen 1
2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1
lamborghini aventador tuning dmc 1
Mustang_shirts
seat-leon-x-perience-1
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 1
Damaged Bugatti Veyron for sale 1
lamborghini murcielago joyride crash 2014 1
Volkswagen Golf R gets tuned by ABT Sportsline 1

More automotive from inautonews
According to many industry observers, analysts and even executives from top suppliers, Ford’s move to produce the F-150 pickup truck with an aluminum body is shaping up as the crucial step in a new auto revolution. Following the US automaker’s steps, a large number of automakers are rumored to ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test drive: Ford Ranger XLT 2.2 TDCi 150 HP
Test drive: Ford Ranger XLT 2.2 TDCi 150 HPFord is well known around the world for its F-150 pickup truck that actually doesn’t have a global presence. A paradox, yes? Well, actually no. ...
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.4 Niki Lauda
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.4 Niki LaudaThe man that saved Ferrari…These are the first words that came in mind when you heard about Niki Lauda, “The computer”. He was fast, tough in ...
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.5 Fernando Alonso
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.5 Fernando AlonsoA relentless fighter with a stupendous stamina and a will to never give-up in the Nuvolari mood. Arguably the most accomplished driver of his era, he ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety US: Boston drivers rule the risky-prone rankingsAccording to Allstate Corp., the bottom of the annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban ... Volvo heralds the possibility of “deathless” carsThe Volvo Car Group says it’s now one “step closer” to its safety ideal – no one killed or ...
Safety Section