Lewis Hamilton once again raced to victory last Sunday in the Chinese Grand Prix, but what people are talking about now is not his race, but the feud that exploded in the press conference and in the following days after the race.
Nico Rosberg accused Hamilton of deliberately slowing him down and into the hands of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, which saw, in the pit stop window, a slight chance for the Ferrari to jump the German driver.
Firstly, it is completely wrong of Rosberg to make such accusations at Hamilton in the public eye and in that situation. It is embarrassing to the team, as well as to each of the drivers to create such tensions of which, as we have seen, the media have had a field day over.
Despite this, Rosberg’s accusations in the first place are also wrong. Like Hamilton has stated numerous times since the race finished, Rosberg had the opportunity to race and could have taken first place off the world champion if he felt he was driving too slow. But he didn’t.
Hamilton was completely within his rights to control the race pace, preserve his tyres and save his engine. He was leading and had no threat of competition from behind the entire race. He was very calm and collected during and after the race, showing his maturity, confidence and focus this season, which will no doubt bring him close to winning the Championship for the third time in his career.
He did not have to worry about the pace behind, and therefore did not even think about Rosberg’s race. If the pace was that slow, Rosberg should’ve fought and passed him on the track.
Last weekend’s race and the unfolding feud between the two drivers presents interesting conditions for the upcoming race in Bahrain, which last year saw an epic battle on track between the two Silver Arrow’s drivers.
While Mercedes and the drivers have said the feud has been put to bed in the last few days, I am sure that these tensions will continue to reoccur throughout the season, especially with the Ferrari hot on the tails of the Mercedes.
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