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F1 Mexican Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg’s only hope is to change teams – Massa

Felipe Massa warns Nico Rosberg that he faces his 'situation getting worse' if he stays alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes
Felipe Massa has warned Nico Rosberg that he should consider leaving Mercedes or face his 'situation getting worse' if continues to struggle matching newly crowned champion Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg and Hamilton have been engaged in a fierce rivalry ever since Mercedes emerged as the dominant force in 2014 under the latest V6 Hybrid engine regulations.

Nevertheless, having prevailed in a closely fought title tussle in 2014, Hamilton has had the comfortable measure of Rosberg this season, wrapping up the 2015 crown with three races remaining a Circuit of the Americas.

However, with Rosberg airing dissatisfaction at Hamilton's tactics in the race following a clash at the first corner, Mercedes is now poised to hold talks with the two drivers behind closed doors after Toto Wolff said he feared a Spa-like fallout.

It is a situation all-too-familiar for Williams Martini driver Massa, who endured a fractious relationship with Fernando Alonso during the latter stages of his time at Ferrari. Indeed, having gone on to enjoy renewed success at Williams since leaving Ferrari at the end of 2013, the Brazilian encourages Rosberg to consider doing the same or risk his situation 'getting worse'

“I believe that Nico's situation will only get worse next year because Lewis keeps winning,” he told Brazilian media. “He is also 'winning' the team for him. I think Nico's only hope is to change teams so he can start fresh all over again.”

Massa was infamously regarded as the 'second driver' to Alonso when the two-time world champion joined Ferrari, the 2008 runner-up expressing his renewed enthusiasm for F1 racing since embarking on a new chapter with the Williams team.



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NKToofan

November 01, 2015 10:28 AM

To me its more of a case how you behave when confronting some one who is bullying with you. If I was Nico I would drop my nice face during the race and if Lewis runs into to me trying to push me off the track intimidating me I would let the crash happened and under no circumstance would allow the guy to go away with it every time and then saying silly thing like he is driving and there is no need to talk. There should be a line somewhere, toto / Luda should step in. I know there is a risk for the team to lose here but if I am losing then the team should lose as well. Now you guys might say doing this will make Nico to lose his seat but I believe he should be more of choice to a German team then a Briton guy. To cut the long story short, Nico should grow some balls and be a man to face him, I am sure there will be lot of debris on the track every time and who know the finger boy would get another title while they are at it.



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