Hamilton thought Rosberg would pass him

2014 Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Lewis Hamilton said he expected Nico Rosberg would be able to pass at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix when his team mate was on the softer tyres.

Rosberg made several moves on Hamilton in the final dozen laps and passed his team mate more than once, but Hamilton got back ahead each time.

“When you do allow him to go past, obviously you don’t plan him to come past but you have to calculate how you get back,” said Hamilton to reporters after the race. “Every time I did it perfect and I was really, really happy to enable that.”

“He had the [soft] tyre so I thought he was coming by at some point but that last couple of laps I was able to hold onto it.”

“It was killer. It was to the max, like, the hardest thing,” said Hamilton about their battle, which began earlier in the race before the first pit stops.

“There’s like six-and-a-bit tenths [difference] on the tyres. When he was on the medium and I was on the [soft] I didn’t really have a great pace.”

Hamilton said Rosberg had been the quicker of the two drivers since yesterday. “Generally this weekend, since qualifying, I’ve really struggled.”

“Particularly in qualifying I had an issue with my braking system which was changed before the race. I thought maybe that would give me a little bit more time but I really struggled during the race.”

“At the end when the Safety Car came out I had a 9.5 second lead and I was thinking ‘OK, hopefully this is enough’. But jeez, he was so quick at the end and to try and stay ahead of him in the DRS zones was so hard. When I came across the line my heart was so relived.”

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66 comments on Hamilton thought Rosberg would pass him

  1. Jake (@jleigh) said on 6th April 2014, 18:41

    I think we all did. Brilliant last stint from Lewis. Brilliant race from both.

  2. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 6th April 2014, 18:42

    Top defense and offensive throughout the race from Hamilton.. Text book stuff really.

    • renton said on 6th April 2014, 19:07

      I think that Nico is a real multitalent: he’s such a great driver and actor and gentleman not to kick Lewis’ a.. after those two “not so fair” moves. I’m not a hater but I do thinck it was far from clean racing.

    • Sam (@) said on 6th April 2014, 19:59

      Honestly, it was the worst I’ve seen Rosberg drive in a while. He should’ve calmed down and prepared for a move instead of ust dive bombing three times into T1…

      • joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 6th April 2014, 20:12

        He had a run every time, why not try and overtake into the best overtaking spot on the track? He also planned a lovely move into T3, which HAM defended well.. Personally, I thought it was brilliant driving from both of them.

        • Sam (@) said on 7th April 2014, 6:18

          Yes he had a run every time, tha makes it even worse he could not finish it. He had plenty of opportunities but could not get it done. @joetoml1n

          • joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 7th April 2014, 11:09

            Not for lack of trying, talent or commitment though I would say… I would say because it was top driving from both of them, inc defensive driving from Hamilton, and offensive when Rosberg actually got past.

      • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 6th April 2014, 21:25

        @ardenflo, I agree
        i dont like to underestimate Lewis victory but when you are gifted 10sec (SC) and the better tyre choice +DRS there is not excuse not winning this race.
        This race was more lost from Rosberb than won from Lewis.
        What really surprised me is that he was so happy that he finished 2nd!!!!
        I dont understand it, if i were in his position i would be very sceptical….
        He tranforms to Massa in ferrari years. Trying to look happy even constantly behind you teammate.

        • medman (@medman) said on 7th April 2014, 1:41

          He’s not happy. He stated on the podium, and I quote, “I hate finishing second to Lewis”. But what do you expect him to do? He has to put a good face on it. But after being handed that safety car opportunity on the faster tires and drs advantage he couldn’t pass. He knows that if the situation was reversed and Lewis was on the softs Lewis would have blown by him and off into the distance. It’s crisis management from Rosberg, nothing more, nothing less. He still needs the team to believe in him despite not getting it done in the situation today where everything was in his favor in those last ten laps.

      • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 6th April 2014, 21:37

        What i find a little strange seeing the race history chart is the times of both mercs in laps 52&53. Before that and after these laps they were in the 1.37s and on those laps in the 1.39. They were 1.5sec slower on those 2 laps. Did something happen ?

  3. Todfod (@todfod) said on 6th April 2014, 18:45

    I like ho Hamilton says he did a perfect job to hold back Nico and win the race, and then says he was struggling while Nico was on it all weekend.

    It just seems that Lewis in being slightly condescending by saying that he can struggle and still finish in front of Nico

    • Dan said on 6th April 2014, 18:51

      How can you be condecending when admitting your slower, he is right though Nico only had chance cuz safety car. How would he gain 9 secinds and pass yet cant when right behind him.

      • Cole said on 6th April 2014, 21:25

        Maybe Nico could had gone to the finish with the medium tyres without the safety car, while Lewis needed to stop to change compounds. If that was the case I’m not so sure the safety car played on Nico’s side.

    • Dan said on 6th April 2014, 18:52

      @Todford
      You should criticise Nico more lol he guaranteed he will win in China talk about cocky said he is fatser he is leading WC dies he no why he is leading lol?

      • Dan said on 6th April 2014, 18:52

        @todford

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 6th April 2014, 19:29

          Dude it’s @todfod

          • Dan said on 6th April 2014, 19:35

            Sorry mate@todfod But please answer my point

          • Traverse (@) said on 6th April 2014, 20:20

            @Dan
            He (@Todfod) can’t answer your point because his comment is heavily partisan in favour of Rosberg. One could easily point out that Rosberg saying ‘I hate finishing second to Lewis’ on the podium and also moaning during the race about Ham supposedly pushing him off the track was all a bit childish, and smacked of envy.

            Fact is Ham (relatively speaking) embarrassed Rosberg and the young pretender feels the pain. He was on fresh rubber that was up to half a second a lap faster and yet he still couldn’t pass Ham. Rosberg got schooled today – he should learn from this and move on.

          • Traverse (@) said on 6th April 2014, 20:23

            It appears that I may have mentioned/@ a different ‘Dan’ to the ‘Dan’ that I mentioned in my comment above.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 6th April 2014, 18:58

      F1 drivers are tough and they need to be . A little cheeky but he drove his race to the hilt . It’s not Rosberg is going to sit tight . I love this battle :D !

    • medman (@medman) said on 7th April 2014, 1:43

      Mind games my friend. They all do it. It’s going to be a long and hard fought between the Merc drivers all season, barring more mechanical failures. They are both trying to gain the upper hand within the team.

    • Andy W said on 7th April 2014, 9:14

      The only way Lewis could beat Nico was to break him as a driver…

      Nico had the ‘faster car’ and the better tires (ergo the faster car).

      Superb driving by both drivers, fantastic racing and today Lewis was the better racer… Thank you must go to Paddy Lowe and Mercedes for not stopping two of the best in the world from going at it toe to toe, this is the sport I love as a fan…. These are the clips we will be looking back on in races to come as the season unfolds and probably in years to come when we argue about who were the best drivers and which were the fastest cars of this era.

      I wonder how many races this season are going to come down to such titanic battles as we saw up and down the field?

      New rules ruining the sport…. *BAH*

  4. Dan said on 6th April 2014, 18:45

    Stunning Lewis please win in China as yourteammate has guaranteed he will win. Nico would have never had the chance without the safety car how would he gain 9 seconds and overtake if he cant do it right behind his tyres would have gone. Also does me in how Ros is like im leading the WC? Yeh why is that then Nico

  5. jonnypwtf (@jonnypwtf) said on 6th April 2014, 18:47

    All he had to do was drive Nico off the road every time they were along side each other. Imagine that.

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 7th April 2014, 8:56

      He was within his right to maintain the racing line. It was hard fought, but clean racing.

      Lewis won that race fair and square. It was Nico’s to win after the safety car, and he couldn’t get through Lewis’s defense. Tough luck.

  6. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 6th April 2014, 18:57

    That was the feeling of the NBC commentators too but somehow Hamilton managed to stay ahead.

  7. Andrei (@crandreico) said on 6th April 2014, 19:10

    Kind of bad driving from Rosberg side those last 10 laps. Despite being on a tyre around 0,5sec or +0,5sec faster on those conditions, and still not being able to overtake Hamilton: breaking too late, going too wide… He’s being as eager as Bottas trying to demonstrate something but making too many mistakes on the process. He could’ve grabbed easily the win on those last 10 laps if he would thought better how and where to overtake Hamilton.

    • Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 6th April 2014, 19:39

      He would’ve easily won if Hamilton hadn’t pushed him off the track in turn 4 numerous times as well.

      • Jake (@jleigh) said on 6th April 2014, 19:49

        Completely fairly. In those scenarios the driver on the inside has every right to continue on the racing line, which means using the whole width of the track.

        • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 6th April 2014, 19:53

          Exactly. And you would have thought that Nico would have learnt that after the first few times. He lost a lot of times attempting those moves; should have just followed Lewis through and attempted an overtake later on

          • Andrei (@crandreico) said on 6th April 2014, 20:23

            That’s what I’m saying @mcquiz , just what Adam said: he attempted the SAME moves on the SAME spots, over and over again. Hamilton easily knew how, where and when Nico would make his move and just made sure to be the best placed to regain it’s position just after they left the corner.
            Also, about pushing him out, I’m going to say what Jake and Ryne already said: it’s the racing line.

      • Ryne (@ryne) said on 6th April 2014, 19:58

        Apparently you didn’t watch the race. Everyone did that, you are allowed to take that line because it is the racing line.

      • Damonw said on 7th April 2014, 9:22

        Utter tripe! Watch every race at Bahrain for the last 3 years and you’ll see it’s a text book move. Would you have preferred it if Hamilton would have given his corner up?? Rosberg didn’t have the race craft, I think he only tried the switchback once when that is by far the best way to overtake on that corner!

    • chris (@9chris9) said on 6th April 2014, 19:56

      Really!! did you watch the last dozen laps? you need to watch again with your glasses the right way round ;)

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 16:03

      Regarding Bottas’ race craft, that has required improvement since he entered F1. Last year when he was battling with cars, although the Williams was clearly a weak car, he never really put up a fight. He seemed a bit tentative, a bit weak, and in terms of general race pace, he was more often beaten by Maldonado than people realise.

      So far this year he could’ve had a better result in Australia but touched a wall. I suppose being the first race of this era that can be excused. Then last week Massa showed the better race pace, as he did again this week (and some people were expecting Bottas to easily beat Massa), whilst Bottas was making some mistakes: One which gave Button too easy a pass, where he then tried to respond but then got overtaken by Hulkenberg as well, and the other where he missed his braking point by a long shot, but in that instance at least he had the awareness to go off the track to avoid Raikkonen.

      He has shown some good race craft this season, particularly in Australia, but it still needs improving if Williams are to battle with the likes of Force India.

  8. R@ptor (@raptor) said on 6th April 2014, 19:14

    Awesome!!!

  9. Guy (@sudd) said on 6th April 2014, 20:00

    I’ve always thought Hamilton was great at defending. Today was a textbook lesson on defensive driving. Lets keep the momentum.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 7th April 2014, 9:18

      I might add despite DRS which is a bit of a rarity to see such defense against DRS . But yeah this fight is far from over . Nico is still ahead in the WDC. Right now I can’t imagine him taking any other position in the race than 1 or 2 if he finishes.

  10. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 6th April 2014, 20:37

    Truly great driving from both of them. Right winner in my book given the nullification of the gap during middle stint but so exciting to see them wheel to wheel several times.

  11. 68btyme (@steadyb) said on 6th April 2014, 20:43

    Trying to go over the best races that Hamilton has had over his career. USGP 2012, Canada 2011, and I have to think hard after that. But I think this one was the best drive from Hamilton since Spa 2008, and the epic battle he had with Kimi. (A race in which Lewis was given a bogus penalty, as I think Lewis gave the position back to Kimi on the straight.) We will have to see if this year turns out like that year for Hammy. It was also good to see Nico after the race give Hamilton a couple of playful jabs as they got out of the car. As a huge Hamilton fan, I don’t think Lewis would have done the same to Nico.

    • Paul Ogbeiwi (@pauldstar) said on 6th April 2014, 21:04

      Because they are different people :) Well done to Rosberg

      • matt said on 6th April 2014, 23:53

        i dont know why ppl keep praising nico.i mean he was schooled by lewis in the race.nico had so many chances to win the race,and failed each and every time,thats not good driving.nico should have won the race,but he was out driven,and out smarted.nico was like a striker who gets chance after chance and misses time and time again.strikers dont get credit for that.the only thing nico deserves credit for is his pole lap which he thoroughly deserved.

        • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 0:50

          Agreed completely.
          Rosberg is meant to be the more intelligent driver out of the two, well today puts that into question. Hamilton actually embarrassed him in the end with Rosberg going for the same moves over and over but getting re-passed each time. Today was another rude awakening for Rosberg. To not pass Hamilton on the softer tyre after the help of the safety car is as much an eye opener for Rosberg as Hamilton’s 17 second gap to him in Malaysia.

    • medman (@medman) said on 7th April 2014, 1:47

      If the situation were reversed, no doubt Hamilton would be fuming, not playing around. But I believe Nico had to be a little embarrassed quite frankly, and maybe didn’t know exactly how to greet his teammate in that situation therefore it came out a bit awkward in the moment. If he had time to think about it, he probably wouldn’t do that again. It just didn’t feel right for the moment, especially considering these two drivers will be going for each others jugular trying to win the drivers title as the Merc is clearly the class of the field, and by about the distance between here and Jupiter.

  12. Geofrey said on 6th April 2014, 23:07

    The new Mercedes team seems to be gelling really well! After Ross Brown left I thought his absence would be felt but it seems I was wrong. If Mercedes win the next 8 races in a similar fashion then they got the constructors championship in the bag! Lewis will win about 50% and Nico will win about 50%. This is going to be the first F1 season where the winner is decided by the order of the last name first alphabet!

  13. realsoft said on 7th April 2014, 0:53

    I think Nico and Lewis showed great fighting and talent so they did not crashed together.
    I feel Nico has been too eager to overtake Lewis, otherwise he might have manged that

  14. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 0:58

    I can get used to this – Hamilton winning (the first time he’d won two in a row since Turkey-Canada 2010, he’s never had three in a row)! Once again I am over the moon for him. This is one of the best wins of his career, without a doubt. It was such excellent defensive driving from him with Rosberg being on the softer tyre. Just extraordinary!

    I will stress again that Rosberg not being able to pass Hamilton on the softer tyre after the help of the safety car is as much an eye-opener for him as Hamilton’s 17 second gap to him in Malaysia. I really can’t believe Rosberg didn’t win it after the safety car pulled in. He must be kicking himself.

    • medman (@medman) said on 7th April 2014, 1:49

      I agree with you, but I have to credit both of them for fighting each other hard but not ending up in carbon shards on the side of the track for their efforts. It was hard fought, aggressive, but very clean. Great racing from two very talented drivers. What a race. There was so much action going on throughout the field, it was amazing to watch.

      • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 7th April 2014, 15:48

        Agreed, Rosberg still deserves credit for making it a fascinating and clean battle with Hamilton, but still he really should’ve won this one after the safety car. It was a huge statement of intent by Hamilton to win it despite the odds being against him at that point. It could be pivotal.

  15. Toxic said on 7th April 2014, 1:27

    Well as much as I enjoyed the race that was it for me supporting NR. He should have HAM easily with such advantage and yet he couldn’t do it. He doesn’t have this fighting spirit of the greats. HAM was a little bit aggressive in defending but he was allowed to by Rosberg. He just lost it completely. It looked like he is afraid of Lewis. This was Rosberg’s race after the SC and yet he didn’t do it. Well done Lewis, well done!

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