Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Rosberg stewards ‘had all the necessary data’

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014In the round-up: Former F1 racer Derek Warwick, who was on the stewards’ panel at the Monaco Grand Prix, said they had all the information they needed to make the right call on Nico Rosberg’s controversial moment at Mirabeau.


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Warwick urges Lewis to ‘man up’ as British steward speaks for first time on clearing Rosberg in Monaco (Daily Mail)

“We had all Mercedes’s data, including Lewis [Hamilton’s] data to overlay on Nico’s. We had the FIA data. We had onboard shots, overhead shots, circuit shots. We had throttle traces, braking traces, everything we needed to make, hopefully, the right decision.”

Christian Horner Red Bull raced with Mercedes – Horner (BBC)

“It is the first time we have raced Mercedes this year. Particularly in the last third of the race, Dan was the quickest car on the track so we can take a lot of confidence from that.”

Recent progress genuine – Marussia (Autosport)

“I don’t want to say that we are able to score points every race because it’s not real. I would say that now we are able to fight with Sauber.”

Eric Boullier: “The target is really to be in the top eight all the time…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“It was going to suit us in Monaco and suit us in Montreal, and Austria as well because it’s a medium downforce track.”

Surtees on the Monaco GP (MotorSport)

John Surtees: “I have no doubt about Lewis Hamilton’s driving ability, but I didn’t like what I saw and heard from Monaco. I can understand the frustration that Lewis must have felt in not having that opportunity on the last lap of qualifying to get pole. But I think his reaction to his team-mate and team was wrong.”

German players ‘shocked’ by sponsor car crash – Bierhoff (Reuters)

“Germany international [footballers] Julian Draxler and Benedikt Hoewedes were passengers in the vehicles driven by German Touring Car (DTM) driver Pascal Wehrlein, who hit the two men, and Formula One driver Nico Rosberg.”

Pacing the pack (ESPN)

“For some reason [Hamilton] is very secretive about his hair cut at the moment and always wears a hat, but as a photographer that makes you even keener to get a photo – just like if a team is trying to conceal a part of its car. He’s been growing his hair back for four or five races, and on the grid he seems absolutely obsessed with getting his hat on before anyone can get a picture.”

Caterham Seven Kobayashi edition launched (Evo)

“Kobayashi has worked with the manufacturer to add his own unique styling tweaks to the model.”

The Stage Is Set (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “It’s certainly going to be very difficult for [Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda] both not to get dragged into a very delicate situation and I can easily foresee this becoming a four-way dynamic. Don’t forget it was Niki who was the pivotal force in bringing Lewis to Mercedes in 2012 when he wore him down with hours of persuasion in his hotel room in Singapore. Not that Lewis is complaining about that.”

Hamilton-Rosberg saga like a marriage without love (The Telegraph)

“In one corner there is Hamilton, from the council house in Stevenage, who drives on emotion, who is prepared to take all the risks, who is minded to say what he believes when he believes he has been wronged. And in the other there is Rosberg, who grew up as the son of multi-millionaire world champion in Monaco, who drives on knowledge, who calculates the risks first, who is clever enough to talk his way out of controversy.”


Comment of the day

@GeeMac is conflicted about visiting the Monaco Grand Prix:

Whenever I see fan videos of the Monaco Grand Prix I always get two very strong feelings when I consider attending the race.

The first is that, as a passionate fan of the sport, I would love to go to because nowhere else can you get so close to the cars as they thread their way through the historic streets.

The second is that, should I go, the experience would be ruined by the hoards of posers, hangers on and nouveau riche chavs who seem to be the target market of the race.
Monaco Grand Prix


John Surtees, Ferrari 158, Edenbridge, 2014

John Surtees drove the Ferrari 158 he won the world championship in 50 years ago at a special event in Edenbridge, Kent on Monday.

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148 comments on “Rosberg stewards ‘had all the necessary data’”

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  1. Is this the same Nico ‘Honest As The Day Is Long’ Rosberg who ran Hamilton and Alonso off the track at Bahrain in 2012? I seem to remember Alonso was scathing about Rosberg, saying if it had been at another track he could have been killed …
    The funny thing was, Rosberg even complained when Hamilton overtook him after being forced wide. Hamilton would probably have had a penalty if Alonso hadn’t also been shafted by naughty Nico. Hardly the innocent Warwick thinks …

    1. Omg not this again. NR was fully ahead of both FA and later SV I believe it was, so could not have possibly ‘ran them off the track’. You are really grasping at straws here.

  2. As a few people have already picked up on, I find Warwick’s, “You will not find a more honest driver than Nico” comment worrying.

    It’s almost like he’d made his mind up before speaking to Nico or reviewing the data…. Nico can’t possibly lie.

    Isn’t Warwick supposed to be impartial??

    As for his “man up” rebuke to Lewis, again, seriously? Some people here have suggested it was a piece of friendly advice for Lewis, but I just don’t see it that way.

    Smacks of unprofessionalism to me.

    1. Or…he is being impartial by refuting all the rhetoric that has been going around that NR is a cheater. And what was unprofessional was LH claiming he saw something in the data that ‘made him smile’ when in fact it is DW (and not him alone btw) that saw all the data, which included a conversation with NR in which what he said supported the data and the data supported what he said. Perhaps DW doesn’t like insinuations that he himself is unprofessional.

      1. But the question isn’t about whether Lewis has been unprofessional or not is it? We’re talking about DW here, not Lewis…

        His comments (Nico being the most honest guy in the paddock and Lewis needing to “man up”) were arguably not impartial. Note I said “arguably” :-) This is an open forum for debate after all.

        It’s wasn’t DW’s job to refute accusations on Nico’s character, it was solely to decide whether the Monaco incident was committed on purpose or not.

        IMO, stating Nico is one of the most honest guys on the grid is bringing DW’s own personal opinion into the debate and as we know, as soon as you involve your own personal opinion into matters, it’s no longer impartial. Clearly the decision reached, was through non-factual evidence, as well as the footage and telemetry.

        Unless of course DW has evidence that Britney is the most honest driver ;-)

        Just my tuppence worth.

        1. I don’t think that Nico’s character was taken into consideration while drawing a conclusion about the incident. I think it was used to assess the level of confidence that the stewards made the right decision.

          As for the comment to Lewis, I think that it was a rebuttal to the implied accusation that Lewis’ statement carries – He can spot the obvious truth while the stewards can’t.

    2. It’s almost like he’d made his mind up before speaking to Nico or reviewing the data…. Nico can’t possibly lie.

      Isn’t Warwick supposed to be impartial??

      Errr… wasn´t this comment after the trial? Warwick was supposed to be impartial at the beginning of the trial, however, throughout the process that a trial is he had to leave the impartial-ground and come to a judgement, as that is what a trial is about. Start impartial, choose proper judgement through the data given, then announce the judgement.

  3. This Warwick guy is unbelievable! So condescending. I get the impression there was no real motivation for justice to be served on this controversy. I get the impression he operates on perceptions and not facts. So if he perceives you to be naughty, you’re going to get screwed if he is the steward no matter if you’re actually innocent…well at least you won’t get an impartial/fair investigate should you make a mistake. Its almost like a bunch of people feel Hamilton deserves to get screwed over because he made that comment about Rosberg’s wealthy family. As if the two are related or equal. Then we have the engine mapping excuse but these same people conveniently ignore the fact that Rosberg was the first offender in Bahrain. The team managed to keep the engine mapping issue private, so why did Lauda conveniently reveal that Hamilton did it but not say anything about Rosberg? I’m not a conspiracy type but here’s what we have so far:

    1. Strange engine failure for Hamilton in RD.1 meaning he starts the season with a 25 point deficit.
    2. Strange tire strategies where LH gets stuck with the harder tire in the final stints of the race. We saw this twice. The final stint is where you want the fast tire as most of the fuel will have been burnt off so the car is lighter and you can really maximize the tire grip.
    3. Consistently slower pit stops. Gave NR 4 secs in Spain from pit stops alone.
    4. Team policy of sharing data, but we all know this only benefits Rosberg as he needs “intel” to put up a fight against Hamilton.
    5. Protected Rosberg in engine settings controversy but had no problems throwing Hamilton under the bus.

    I’m not saying anything…no allegations, but lets keep track of things and see how the season progresses.

    For those of you so obsessed with LH’s clear displeasure about the whole incident, what did you guys think about Webber’s behavior when he felt cheated by Vettel? I don’t remember anyone telling Webber to “man up.” And he was verbally letting Vettel have it after the race. I think he even slammed a cup of water on the table in disgust.

    It’s funny how things change when its Hamilton getting the short end of the stick. It’s almost down right permitted. And the expectations everyone has is for him to just shut up and take it. The year he made that comment about the FIA picking on him because he is black did not come out of no where. It was a result of constant nagging by the FIA and throwing maximum penalties at LH for the smallest infractions.

    So you got all of that going on plus the abuse he was taking from fans at the tracks. The comments were a bit brash and poorly calculated, but I don’t blame him too much. I know its a host of things that finally cause the man to finally blow up.

    1. **I think Webber gave Vettel the finger in one of their battles. Can’t remember if it was the mult-21 incident though.

      1. @sudd Sorry, but…nonsense.

      2. @sudd It was . actually after the race he gave vettel a scare as he almost cut vettel’s car up.

    2. I’d say it is too much for a conspiracy theory . They will be happy as long as it is a one two . I am so waiting for Canada now . I want Lewis to blitz Nico .

    3. @sudd

      I think the ‘man up’ comment taken in isolation sounds condescending, but in the context of the quote i think it was meant more as ‘knuckle down’ and get on with it. I agree he shouldn’t have mentioned things like the importance of the decision and affect on the championship because it should be a case of guilty or not guilty, regardless of the consequences. To take your numbered points:

      1) Are you suggesting sabotage? That would be bold for many reasons, not least of which Mercedes couldn’t be sure how they would dominate the championship so could easily have thrown the constructors championship with that decision in the first race.
      2) Soft-soft-hard is usually the optimum strategy – the fastest strategy to the finish and also best chance of keeping/giving track position. Most teams leave the harder tyre till last.
      3) Ok fair enough, Lewis’ pit stops in Spain were slow but other than that can’t remember any difference this year.
      4) Are you serious? Surely not…. and it’s not just a Mercedes policy, as far as i understand this is standard practice for all teams to maximise the performance of both cars.
      5) The only person i’ve heard say anything about Nico using a higher setting in Bahrain is Lewis. So i could turn your comment on it’s head and say there is no evidence for Nico using a higher setting while Lewis definitely has (as stated by Lauda). Hence team is protecting Lewis by not denouncing his statement. (i’m not saying i know what’s true, just that it is unclear)

      On your final points, some drivers will always polarise opinion. Lewis is one, Vettel another, and i’ll admit there can always be bais. Not everyone backed Webber up for his behaviour and i would say he should have been the bigger man and not acted petty as he did at times in my view. And yes he gave the finger during multi-21, but probably other times too.

  4. Sleepy Will
    29th May 2014, 16:08

    “Man up” is such a ridiculous thing to say. Firstly, can we just put it out there, it’s sexist. When even golf televises women playing, yet we still don’t have a woman driver we need to condemn every public sexist sentiment, no matter the intention behind the words, our sport is a dinosaur and it’s shameful and embarrassing and someone like Derek Warwick using it adds one tiny extra cut into the death by 1000 cuts that women have to endure when trying to be treated equally in male dominated sports.

    More importantly, it is utterly without meaning. Everyone defines how a “man” should act entirely differently – I’ve heard people say that Barrichello should have “manned up and be himself with the press”, Massa should “man up and say what he wants to instead of hiding behind PR” now we tell Lewis to “man up” when he does exactly that. It’s an idiotic phase that should die alongside golliwogs and calling people spastics.

    1. Sleepy Will
      29th May 2014, 16:32

      Just to correct my mistake, I’m aware there have been 6 women drivers who have scored 1 point over 30 races – I was talking about the post senna era specifically.

  5. Jules Bianchi: I’m very happy for you. But the way you got your points was not “as clear” as it should be. Nobody talks about it because its not a podium….but Bianchi penalization required a drive through or stop and go (at least NBC said that).
    Jules Bianchi scored because lots of guys DNF. Evenmore…if GUT hadn’t been so dumb, Sauber might be up in the points.
    Jules…this season you have DNF twice. You have a lot of penalty points and you’ve been fighting hand to hand with Max Chilton (3 races each). So…do not be so proud……Be humble.

    Comparing to Sauber….

    Marussia first 45 races: Finished only 1 time among first 10
    Sauber first 45 races: Finished 38 times among first 10

    Marussia finished last in its first season.
    Sauber had 6 teams below in its first season.

    Marusia only had 1 team below in its second season
    Sauber had 6 teams below in its second season.

    Marussia no podiums in its first 45 races
    Sauber 1 podium in its first 45 races.

    Sauber has been in the F1 for 22 years.

    You are comparing marussia with Sauber?
    its like comparing Sauber with Ferrari….

    And also…let me tell you…you are comparing to the worst Sauber ever.
    Shame on you Jules!

    See you in Canada

  6. Just to lighten the mood a bit – can any of the excellent statisticians who post here quote how many non investigated instances of crashes in quali. have affected another drivers chances of setting a competitive time I.e . Missing out on q2 or q1 or even pole usually because the session is red flagged and stopped. I am sure there are very many but none have caused this controversy (other than Schumacher at Monaco).

  7. I am sooooo tired of Nico vs. Lewis. Can we move along, please?

    1. Can we talk about engine noise again? Or perhaps tyres? No?

      Ok, let’s stick to one of the greatest battles unfolding for years.

      1. Bill Niehoff
        30th May 2014, 19:37

        Really? Those are the only options?

  8. Hamilton is in reality calling Warwick and all the involved stewards useless, so how anybody could be surprised that Warwick ia responding to that is hard to believe..

    The response to the claim is actually very mild (accept the ruling), yet people see that as being rude and condescending, not Hamilton rubbishing all the F1 stewards??

  9. The comments in that telegraph article are hilarious.

    They have even resorted to calling Derek Warwick a crap driver who should never have been in f1 to begin with & someone who therefore has no credibility as an F1 steward & is bias against Lewis because he’s jealous of his success.

    At least people here are more sensible in the debates we have.

  10. I would like to see all data as well. :)

  11. Eddie (@wackyracer)
    29th May 2014, 22:03

    James Calado on the Midweek report on Sky F1 make an interesting point that Rosberg did it on purpose, before locking up he was going left and right with the wheel, then lock up the brakes.

    1. The stewards have already confirmed Rosberg locked his rear wheels which explains the steering wheel corrections.

      I’m surprised Calado would jump to such damning conclusions without updating himself better.

  12. @GeeMac – if you go GA in Monaco, you are surrounded by diehard F1 fans and it is a great atmosphere. Trust me, the nouveau riche chavs wouldn’t be caught dead squatting on the side of a muddy hill for hours on end to get a glimpse of a section of racetrack that is really only a few metres either side of Antony Noghes! Most of the real ‘fans’ stay in Nice & the train in and walk down from the station is quite the party. Plus, from your vantage point on the hill, you get to admire all the yachts etc without actually having to be down there mingling among it. Go, you won’t regret it.

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