Nico Rosberg has defended teammate Lewis Hamilton after the press claim he has gone into 'meltdown.'
Rosberg extended his lead in the Formula 1 championship to 33 points this weekend after winning Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton finished third after a poor start to the race, which left him eighth after the first lap.
Hamilton has had a tough time on the track recently with his last victory coming in July. However, it is his off-track antics which led the media to label the Brit in meltdown.
Hamilton was criticised for using the Snapchat app during a press conference. He later explained his actions, but he was clearly hurt and decided he wouldn't be speaking to any written press anymore. He also cancelled two media briefings claiming he was 'disrespected.'
Unsurprisingly, there was a considerable backlash from the media with headlines such as this: 'Hamilton hits the self-destruct button' from The Telegraph. Other writers also condemned Lewis with memorable quotes like: 'lead driver is in meltdown at one of the most critical junctures of his career' and 'Lewis Hamilton was all snap and no chat,' published by the Telegraph and the Sun respectively.
The Mercedes camp have defended Hamilton and Rosberg called the suggestions 'complete rubbish' and later went on to praise his teammate by saying that: "He's on it like ever before, fully motivated and does massive work hours also. I've seldom seen that from him in the last few years, such a large amount. For sure it's going to be a great battle with him, every race until the end of the championship."
Rosberg was interviewed from the Mercedes headquaters after the team had won the constructors championship. Other members of the team were also quick to disagree with the media. Toto Wolff, Mercedes boss, had this to say: "It's clear that the media needs to produce headlines. He's one of Britain's greatest heroes. He's won world titles in Formula 1 and this is not easy."
Wolff also said that 'both of them would deserve to win the world championship.'
Hamilton sits 33 points behind Rosberg with four races to go, but vows to fight to the end, even with the German now becoming the overwhelming favourite.