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Panic at Lewis Hamilton: We explain the Rosberg secret

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Panic at Lewis Hamilton
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N ico Rosberg will think: If only the world championship had been with that GP Japan started. From then on he had teammate Lewis Hamilton under control. With 6 pole positions in 6 races, 3 wins and 950: 855 kilometers in the lead. It could well have been 3 more wins. In Suzuka he let Hamilton trick him at the start, in Sochi the gas pedal struck, in Austin he gave his teammate the triumph with a slip Leave the question of what he's been doing differently since the Japanese GP. Since then, Hamilton has also been involved in this topic. Without admitting it. But the latest panic reactions on the part of the world champion do not allow any other conclusion.

What role does psychology play?

For a long time, no useful information was heard from those involved as to why the balance of power in the team had tipped. Team boss Toto Wolff suspected psychology and is not so wrong. 'Lewis is still the same driver with the same talent and the same commitment. It certainly cannot be reduced to one crucial reason. Lewis has to make a list of what it could be and learn from it.'

Hamilton gets bogged down

The world champion has been looking more and more panicked for reasons to explain what, according to his self-image, cannot be. 'If I don't make a mistake, nobody can get past me' is the world champion's credo. The engineers see the picture more clearly: 'Like all top drivers, Lewis doesn't want to admit that someone else is faster. So he looks for causes elsewhere. In the strategy, the car or the setup.'

It was not without reason that Mercedes gave its mutinous superstar its own will in the last race. Hamilton rebuilt the voting in Abu Dhabi and got his own strategy. He scored an own goal with both. What the technicians commented: 'The more he isHe got bogged down, the slower he became. 'Only the desire to complete the race with a stop was denied.' Because Nico would have overtaken him on lap 48 at the latest. '

But why dare Hamilton then not the Supersoft tires for the last 15 laps? After long discussions on the radio, race engineer Pete Bonnington and his driver decided against it. That is not Hamilton-like. It is one of his strengths to put risks on the map and thus The vote against the supersoft tires shows his degree of uncertainty.

Hamilton is looking for excuses

Hamilton last heard the fleas cough, which was one of his suspicions Weight distribution. His car is a shade heavier at the rear. 'But only because he weighs a little more than Nico. That doesn't matter at all, 'the engineers wave away.

That's why Niki Lauda advises his protégé:' Go to the factory next week and go through all the data with the engineers. If you know what the problem is, you can go into winter unencumbered. '

According to the engineers, it is a fairy tale that the car and the set-up have changed dramatically since the bankruptcy of Singapore.' We mainly reconsidered our work procedures, 'confirms Technical Director Paddy Lowe.

In fact, it was like this: Rosberg studied Hamilton's setup, developed it further, changed the set-up philosophy slightly and has since felt more comfortable in the car. Hamilton did it in the first place nothing and then too much. A voice from the team: 'Since Lewis has been world champion, he's not working quite as hard, Nico is all the more eager. In the top league where both play, you notice something like that. '

Rosberg is a stronger opponent today because with every victory over teammates, self-confidence grows. This is evident at the start and in tire management Rosberg has not lost an acceleration duel since Suzuka. And since then he has kept the tires in better shape than Hamilton.

The best example was Abu Dhabi, where Rosberg came under a lot of pressure in the second stint because he had the right one And why wasn't it the same in the final section? 'Because Nico has changed his driving style,' explained Chief Strategy Officer James Vowles.

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