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F1 Canadian GP: Rosberg: ‘Right thing to do’ letting Hamilton past

Nico Rosberg says he may not have enjoyed letting Lewis Hamilton pass him in Monaco but feels it was the correct and only thing to do.
Nico Rosberg says he may not have enjoyed letting Lewis Hamilton pass him in Monaco but feels it was the correct and only thing to do for his Mercedes team.

The current F1 championship leader was asked to let the faster Hamilton pass him in order to maximise his shot at victory in Monaco, while Rosberg struggled with braking issues which the German says Mercedes hasn't been able to fully lock down on and resolve.

After seeing Hamilton go on to take victory having profited from a Red Bull pit blunder, Rosberg says he cannot regret his decision because he felt it was the only option in order to ensure Mercedes achieved its full potential in Monaco.

“Letting Lewis through was tough but it was an easy decision because it was the only thing to do at the time,” Rosberg said. “It was the right thing to do and not something I'll think about in the sure, that's part of the championship battle and it could have also been the other way around.

“It was a difficult race, for sure, but that doesn't make me lose more morale. Some days are like that, it wasn't the first and it won't be the last.

“This is the nature of the sport, because as a team if there's another car ahead you need to do whatever it takes to try and beat that car, which we did.”

Looking to bounce back to winning ways having claimed four straight victories at the start of 2016 but missing out in the past two, Rosberg says he's learnt from a tricky couple of races and is aiming to put it right in Canada.

“I'm feeling great and not dwelling on one race, because you're always going to have races like that,” Rosberg said. “For me it's a thing of the past, I'm here feeling great and looking forward to the weekend.

“I always learn from difficult days so if some things will happen then I can do things differently in the future, because there are things we know now that we didn't know at the time. But it was not a nice feeling.”

by Haydn Cobb



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JimG

June 10, 2016 10:58 AM

Rosberg also was showing that he is a "Team Player" too. Remember, it's contract time this year for him and it was also the smart move to do for the team to maximize team points.



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