F1 » Wolff: Hamilton 'surprised' by Rosberg pace

Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton may have been surprised by the pace of Nico Rosberg as he shows support for the 2008 F1 champion

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June 15, 2013 2:29 PM

@carsohot - anyone who resorts to personal abuse loses any credibility in discussions such as these.

Lewis might have finished a long way ahead of Rosberg in the last GP, but where did he finish in relation to Rosberg in the three GPs before that?


June 15, 2013 4:08 PM

Nico was just underated, because he didn't start his career in a top team. He outscored Schumacher all three seasons they raced together at Mercedes.

It's easier to rate Lewis higher as he has a WDC and has been in a top team since he entered F1. But now, everyone can see Nico's talent as a driver by comparing him with a current driver that many consider one of the top in the sport.


June 15, 2013 5:23 PM

I'm a LH fan ...but in my opinion Seb Vettel is head and shoulders above everyone else. I can't see how anyone can seriously argue otherwise. I really rate him. As for the rest they're all second best (Inc LH). IMO FA can't develop a car but in most other respects is a great driver. SV IS a more complete driver than FA. LH is not great yet but with a lot of luck could be. JB needs to find attitude and if he does I believe he could do a SV in the right car. I hope NR does well....but not too well.


June 16, 2013 3:40 PM


Lewis might have finished a long way ahead of Rosberg in the last GP, but where did he finish in relation to Rosberg in the three GPs before that?

I guess your referring to


Monaco - A couple of secs behind Rosberg
Spain - Over half a lap behind Rosberg
Bahrain - I think Lewis finished ahead of Nico despite starting from 8th or 9th and Nico starting from pole


June 16, 2013 11:24 PM

Jamal - you're right, of course! Lewis finished ahead in Bahrain, so apologies for that.

But given Rosbergs two DNFs, three successive poles before Canada, the win in Monaco, and the fact that he was not allowed to pass Lewis in Malaysia, it's safe to say that Rosberg is a good deal better than Lewis fans would have us believe over the winter and Hamilton now has a serious fight on his hands to prove what he and his supporters believe, ie that he is the best driver in F1.


June 16, 2013 11:34 PM

@numbskull / I'm not sure you could substantiate a claim that Alonso can't develop a car, given how Ferrari turned their season around last year. He must have played a part in that don't you think?


June 17, 2013 5:33 AM

When people talk about developing a car, a driver can only give input if this feels better or not. The lap times tell if parts are good or not.

For example if a driver says the rear is oversteering when the car enters a corner. Now its up to the engineers to solve this problem either with setup changes or new components. Too much credit is giving to drivers for their development skills. Put any top driver in a Caterham and the car will still be in the back. F1 is 90% car and 10% driver, but of course you need a top driver to extract the car's full potential.

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