Rosberg Reveals F1 Tactic to Beating Lewis Hamilton to Monaco Pole

Published 05/22/2021, 4:52 AM EDT
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will surely be remembered for the years to come. During their association at Mercedes, the two pushed each other to the limit. But in the end, Rosberg came out on top, winning the 2016 championship. In a recent YouTube video, he revealed one of the tactics he used to outshine the Briton.

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Rosberg reveals how he tried to be quicker than Lewis Hamilton at Monaco

In his YouTube video explaining the tricks of mastering the circuit, Rosberg explained how he beat Lewis to pole in 2014.

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“The braking zone really benefited my style of braking, which was just bang on the brakes super hard and then start to go off.

“And Lewis, he went more carefully on the brakes, to really try and feel the limit as he was coming on, and therefore he lost a bit of deceleration in this first part, because the track was so better suited for my style.”

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The German continued, explaining how a circuit renovation after the 2014 race affected his performance on the track.

“And then in 2014 or 15, they changed the asphalt, they removed the first bump or whatever it was. And my style didn’t work anymore, when I did bang, the front wheels would always lock up and would ruin the whole corner for me.

“I would make up almost one and half or two tenths on Lewis on this turn one braking every time, and it ruined for me, and that’s why I wasn’t on pole anymore in 2015, it was just much more difficult,” Rosberg concluded.

Max Verstappen is finding out how good Lewis is, says Rosberg

Rosberg is well aware of good Hamilton is, having driven alongside him at Mercedes for three seasons. He managed to beat him in 2016 and claim his first-ever world title. Now, he believes that Verstappen is feeling the same pressure he did while trying to beat Lewis.

As quoted by PlanetF1, Rosberg said, “What a phenomenal race by Lewis. I’m a bit amused because Max Verstappen is starting to understand better and better how good Lewis Hamilton is.”

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

“He needs to do everything perfect to beat him in the World Championship but at the moment it is 2-1 for Lewis.”

The Dutchman sits in second place in the championship behind Hamilton and hopes to score points at the Monaco GP, which will help him fight for the title.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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