Rosberg: Lewis didn’t let me by, obviously not good

Nico Rosberg keeping opinions to himself

Nico Rosberg keeping opinions to himself

World championship leader Nico Rosberg has gone to great lengths to underplay the headline grabbing team order snub by, his Mercedes teammate and only real title rival, Lewis Hamilton during the Hungarian grand Prix, but has agreed with his boss that the action may have cost him the race win.

Mercedes chiefs are heading into the month-long summer break scratching their heads at how to deal with an escalating driver battle, which is being fought for the sport’s biggest prize – the Formula 1 World Championship – between their superstar drivers.

Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo may have won in Hungary, but Toto Wolff admits that it was Nico Rosberg who probably should have held the biggest trophy aloft – if only Lewis Hamilton had obeyed a clear and repeated team order.

German media sources report that even though Rosberg is determined to play cool, calm and controversy-free, he ‘poked his tongue out’ at the outcome of Sunday’s race by uncharacteristically wearing his cap backwards in his post-race meeting with reporters.

He was asked if Wolff is right to say the defiant Hamilton spoiled his victory in Budapest, “That’s so theoretical. I don’t know…”

Nico Rosberg not getting wound up about Hungary

Nico Rosberg not getting wound up about Hungary

But then he changed his mind in mid-sentence, “Ah, no, no – let’s go with what Toto said. He’s looked at all the data – let’s go with his opinion. He’s the best person to know that.”

It’s as close as the controversy-dodging Rosberg will come to accusing Hamilton of ruining his race. But he did admit that he thinks Hamilton should have obeyed the order.

“Lewis didn’t let me by although he was ordered to,” said Rosberg, “so that’s obviously not good.”

Beyond that, he closed the door on the topic, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to say anything on the subject. I don’t know what Lewis said.”

He batted off persistent questioning on the subject, “I will not respond just because you want me to. It’s not my style to respond. The title race will remain intense until the end, but I’m looking forward to it.”

“You all saw what happened,” Rosberg added. “It’s pretty obvious, it was all on the radio, but it’s better if we discuss everything behind closed doors.” (GMM)