Nico Rosberg calls out Lewis Hamilton: He makes excuses

Former Mercedes teammate of Lewis Hamilton was critical of the seven-time champion after another poor showing at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix

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Nico Rosberg doubts Lewis Hamilton‘s explanations for his recent performance struggles. Following their contentious title-battle as Mercedes teammates in 2016, their relationship remains strained, which is especially evident when they cross paths during a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.

In his current roles as a commentator, influencer, and entrepreneur, Rosberg continues to assertively pursue his ventures while openly critiquing others. Notably, he has questioned Hamilton‘s narrative about his struggles against Mercedes teammate George Russell this season. 

Russell has consistently outperformed Hamilton in both qualifying, winning the head-to-hear 4-1 and outscoring the seven-time champion in races 33 points to 19.

Lewis is trailing Russell 1-4 in this year’s qualifying head-to-head, and each time he [Hamilton] attributes it to the setup. To me, that sounds like an excuse. It’s a glaring error for a seven-time world champion,” Rosberg said on Sky Sport Deutschland.

Lewis Hamilton looks on ahead of hitting the track in Friday practice at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Sam Bloxham / Mercedes F1 team
Lewis Hamilton looks on ahead of hitting the track in Friday practice at the 2024 Saudi Arabian GP | Sam Bloxham / Mercedes F1 team

What did George Russell say?

Interestingly, Russell himself noted at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai that their cars were almost identical, with Hamilton qualifying 18th for the race after changing his set up following the Sprint.

“We were both headed in the same direction. The differences were minimal. We made significant setup changes after the sprint, but in the same direction,” the Russell declared.

Rosberg believes Hamilton‘s stature within the Mercedes team, where he secured six world championships, is diminishing ahead of his departure to Ferrari in 2025.

“Now, he’s only half of the Mercedes family,” remarked Rosberg. “At some point, Toto Wolff might stop sharing the data with him.”

Given his imminent departure to Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari, Hamilton might be excluded from key decisions and updates regarding the 2025 car as it would give him insider information that he could pass onto the Italian team when he arrives in Maranello. 

Despite this, Hamilton‘s recent second-place finish in the sprint event showcased his skill, drawing parallels to Fernando Alonso‘s impressive performance in damp conditions in Shanghai. 

Hamilton dismisses frequent criticism from former drivers as “nonsense.”

John Smith
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