“Frustrates Me Like Hell” – Rosberg Criticizes Hamilton’s F1 Race Engineer for Strategic Errors

Published 09/06/2021, 4:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


While Verstappen credited his win to the exemplary team strategy on Red Bull’s part, Mercedes may have fumbled a bit with Hamilton. Racing second, Mercedes asked Hamilton to box at an unusual time; which may have caused him to give Verstappen the easy win.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Hamilton’s former teammate, Nico Rosberg, criticized the team for their messy strategy. After his second pit-stop, Hamilton faced a lot of traffic upon rejoining the track. Rosberg disapproved of the faulty timing on the Silver Arrows‘ part.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Giving his insight, the champion saidThey’ve had a couple of moments, not their usual high level of strategy. Something going on. This evening, they’ll be some serious discussions.” In addition to figuring out the faults in strategy, Rosberg adds Bono to his line of fire.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The German found fault in the team radio. Rosberg explained that Peter Bonnington’s instructions on when Hamilton needs to push were obscure. So unclear, should he push now or not. What is he doing? As a driver, this frustrates me like hell. I’m like come on, give us clear guidance. That was below par from Bono today.”

Mercedes seem to have been all over the place on Sunday- with Bottas‘ disobeying team orders for fun and Hamilton’s strategies; are the team losing their edge?

A difficult one for Hamilton & Mercedes

While the 2-3 finish isn’t something to complain about, Mercedes is accustomed to the 1-2 finish. Especially for Lewis, who was second only in one race last season. Red Bull impressed with pace on Sunday- Verstappen managing his lead and Perez making the climb to P8. Toto Wolff rightly said, “50% of the race was lost yesterday [qualifying]” 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Lacking the pace at Zandvoort, Mercedes was reliant on its strategy. However, that didn’t work either. Wolff is clearly disappointed; he said, “We weren’t just good enough overall in the race. Pace- wise we would’ve been there but when you’re second on the row you’re always the loser.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As the battle closes in, the second triple-header of the season has the potential to turn things either way. While Verstappen knows Monza isn’t a strong track for the team, there’s a lot of anticipation heading to the Italian GP.

Watch this story: Inside Michael Schumacher’s Car Collection

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shreya Sanjeev

361 articles

Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT