In Canada Mercedes suffered the first hiccup in an almost faultless season, while the internal battle between title contending teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg tilted in favour of the latter who now believes that he has the psychological advantage as the Formula 1 circus return to Austria for round eight of the 2014 F1 world championship.
Rosberg told the Press Association, “If your team-mate has three or four wins in a row that’s obviously going to strengthen his position. So it was really important to bring that run to an end because psychology is a big part of sports.”
“If you have those results behind you, like I do now, it gives you that little bit extra, that little bit of an edge, so it does help. It’s important.”
Rosberg beat Hamilton in Monaco then two weeks later scored second place in Canada while his teammate had a second DNF – his first having been at the season opener in Melbourne – which means that the German is now 22 points ahead in the points table. Nevertheless, he remains cautious in the aftermath of a problem packed race in Canada for the Silver Arrows.
“With reliability problems like that, it’s not good. We need to be bulletproof,” warned Rosberg.
“It’s a work in progress. We’ve been good with reliability, but we have had a few problems now, so we have to keep on going and make sure that it’s 100%, but of course it’s never easy.
“It sucks because our car is fast enough to win every race, so coming away from Canada without the win was a big disappointment for our team. We need to bounce back in Austria and finish one-two in every race – given the car we have,” added the Mercedes driver. (GP247)