WATCH: When Iconic F1 Commentator Hysterically Miscalled Lewis Hamilton’s Dog for Champion Nico Rosberg

Published 07/20/2022, 6:00 PM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – MAY 01: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP as he celebrates his win on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on May 1, 2016 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The 2016 Chinese Grand Prix was a race filled with incidents. Nico Rosberg ultimately dominated the race as he continued his strong momentum and increased the gap to fellow championship contender Lewis Hamilton. However, there was a hilarious moment involving popular commentator David Croft and Rosberg during the race.

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The beginning of the race was incredible as Ricciardo moved past the other Mercedes driver who started from pole. It certainly caught Croft in the excitement, and he mispronounced Rosberg as Roscoe. Now, for those who are not aware, Roscoe is Hamilton’s dog and a popular figure in the paddock.

“At the end of the second lap Roscoe, Rosberg, I should say, has put in the fastest lap of this race,” said Croft in the commentary. Well, he corrected himself immediately, but it will go down as a hysterical moment in Formula 1.

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After a slow start, the German regathered his pace and ultimately won the race by a huge margin. Hamilton, meanwhile, struggled during the week and only finished P7.

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The seven-time world champion owned two dogs in 2016. Unfortunately, his other dog, Coco, tragically passed away in 2020. Since then, Roscoe has been seen in the paddock several times and Hamilton enjoys spending time with his bulldog.

Nico Rosberg opens up on why his relationship with Lewis Hamilton broke down

Rosberg and Hamilton shared a bond right from their junior karting days. They also entered Formula 1 a couple of years apart, but their relationship changed once Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013. The Silver Arrows put together a dominant machinery, so the two battled for the championship from 2014.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP congratulates second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Fighting for race wins and titles, however, took a toll on their relationship. The pair clashed on the track and it peaked during the ultimate showdown in 2016.

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Speaking on why their relationship broke down, Rosberg said, “It [the friendship breakdown] happened immediately when we were fighting for the world championship, not before.”

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“But that’s always the case: When you’re fighting for success in every race and for titles, it doesn’t work anymore. It was a build-up from one race to the next. If you want to decide the world championship for yourself, you can’t play love, peace and harmony.”

In the end, Rosberg won the championship for the first time in his career. However, he announced his retirement from the sport just days after winning, which came as a shock to the F1 world. Since then, the two have might not have re-kindled their friendship, but share a mutual respect.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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