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Wolff: Malaysia engine blow cost Hamilton F1 title

Toto Wolff has conceded Lewis Hamilton's engine blowout 'clearly cost him the championship' but feels Nico Rosberg deserves credit for pushing his team-mate.
Toto Wolff has conceded Lewis Hamilton's engine blowout 'clearly cost him the championship' but feels Nico Rosberg deserves a large chunk of credit for pushing his team-mate into a difficult position by Abu Dhabi.

The Mercedes team principal refused to deny Hamilton's engine blow while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix became a pivotal role in the route of the F1 world title decider.

With Hamilton needing to close a 12-point gap approaching the 2016 title decider in Abu Dhabi, if the chequered flag had been thrown before the British driver's mechanical heartbreak he would have actually entered the final race with a slender one-point advantage.

But Wolff feels Rosberg's efforts to recover from a first-lap spin in Sepang to finish third plus nine race wins in 2016 meant he opened up his own opportunity against Hamilton.

“This year, clearly, Malaysia cost Lewis the championship. It's clear,” Wolff said. “But we have not recognised Nico's achievement racing against the most talented driver and team-mate and winning a world championship.

“It's quite an achievement and I think we should honour it because he's tough cookie and he doesn't let go. There are some quite remarkable character traits about him that make him a champion and a worthy world champion.”

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Wolff also reiterated his mantra the Mercedes squad wins and loses together having swept to three consecutive F1 world drivers' and constructors' titles.

“I think you need to win and lose with dignity. This is a mechanical sport and if they would sit on the floor on the starting grid they wouldn't go far,” he said.

“This team has built them the best car over the last three years has made them win races and championships, and this team has let the down on occasion, but less occasions than making them celebrate.”

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Ponty

December 02, 2016 12:57 PM
Last Edited 27 days ago

Ptolemy: Its not fair to Nico, nor is it even true that the engine failure is the reason Nico Rosberg is the 2016 World Champion. Toto should apologize to Nico for this ridiculous assumption especially considering that Toto,Nico and Hammy play for the same team!. Here's something a little more truthful... What if Hamilton didn't run into the grass, turn sideways, and plow into the back of Nico's car taking BOTH drivers out of that one race. No. If Hamilton had gone on to win that race (he destroyed for Mercedes) then he may have won it and that would have put him at the top of the points right now and he would have the Champion's trophy. .
Ridiculous assumption? Apologize to Nico? You mean apologize to Lewis right? Here's something a little more truthful... What if Rosberg didnt put the car in wrong engine mode which resulted in 180hp less and try a desperate block against a much much faster Hamilton pushing him to the grass. Hm how about that?



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