Rosberg won battle of mind games in Monaco says Massa

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton were title rivals in 2008

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton were title rivals in 2008

The Monaco Grand Prix was a victory for Nico Rosberg not only on the track, but also in the realm of the ‘mind games’ that seems to have emerged within the Mercedes camp.

That is the view of Felipe Massa, who in 2008 only just lost the battle to Hamilton when the Briton won his sole title.

“He’s a guy who needs to be perfect on the psychological side,” Brazilian Massa is quoted by Totalrace, “otherwise there is the chance of him making mistakes. He lost in 2007 because he lost the car in China, also in Brazil. It was his mistakes.”

So Massa thinks Hamilton’s reaction to the events in Monaco, where he missed the chance at pole position due to Rosberg’s controversial mistake, is a big victory for the German.

“If Rosberg did that on purpose then that is not something that is part of my mentality,” said Massa. “But without a doubt it is something that could hurt Hamilton on the psychological side and end up being good for Rosberg.”

Qualifying aside, there were plenty of mind games at play in Monaco, as Hamilton made his foul mood with Rosberg clear by complaining about the noise outside his quarters by the German’s kicking of a football with his trainer Daniel.

And the 2008 world champion initially refused to appear for the post-race Mercedes victory photo, until it was reportedly made clear to him that his snub was also against the waiting Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche. (GMM)