21 August 2014
F1: Rosberg 'learned things from Hungary'
Nico Rosberg says that he will take lessons learned during the contentious Hungarian Grand Prix and file them away for future use in F1 title fight.
Nico Rosberg refused to be drawn on exactly what was said behind closed doors when the Mercedes team met to discuss the 'team orders' row after the Hungarian Grand Prix, but insisted that he had 'learned things' that he can put into action over the remaining eight rounds.
The German found team-mate Lewis Hamilton in obstinate mood at the Hungaroring four weeks ago, and was bottled up behind the Briton whilst running on softer tyres. Knowing that the points leader had another stop to make before the end of the race, the Mercedes pit-wall repeatedly asked Hamilton to let him through but the 2008 world champion, recovering from a pit-lane start and opening lap spin, refused to yield.
Hamilton went on to finish third, one place ahead of Rosberg, trimming the German's championship advantage by three points going into the summer break. However, Rosberg, despite team director Niki Lauda admitting that Hamilton had been right to refuse and conceding that the team had panicked in issuing the order to move over, still wanted answers.
Whether he got the response he was looking for is unclear but judging by his replies to questions on the matter in Thursday's FIA press conference at Spa, it is doubtful that things went his way.
“I gather it was a bit of a mess [in the media] after Hungary, so it's best that I don't add too much [to that],” he said enigmatically, “I continue to not give too many details but, in general, of course, we discussed it after the race, just because it's important to review a situation like that and know how to move forward. Now we're moving forward but, yes, I've also learned things from that race which I will try and adapt for the future.
“I don't want to go into much more detail than that, just that we sat down, discussed it all and reviewed whether we need to change something for the future. It wouldn't be useful for me to give anything extra [to the media]. It's better to let it all calm down.”
Rosberg goes into this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix with an eleven-point cushion over Hamilton, with eight rounds remaining, including the double-points finale in Abu Dhabi.
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