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Turnaround in the Mercedes duel: Why is Rosberg suddenly so good?

Turn around in the Mercedes duel
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I Is it a coincidence or not? Since the world championship was decided, Lewis Hamilton can no longer win. Since Nico Rosberg was hopelessly behind in the World Cup duel, he has been on pole position.

Three times he was unable to convert his best starting position into victories. But it worked like clockwork in the last two races in Mexico and Brazil. Rosberg dominated in the style of a world champion. And Hamilton is still waiting for his 50th pole position and his 44th victory.

Now everyone is asking: is this a new Rosberg? What flipped the switch in him? Has he got better or Hamilton worse? Rosberg has apparently found the trick to drive consistently faster than his teammate.

That could be because he found something that slowed him down for 13 races. Or that the world champion lets the reins slide after a mission has been completed. Does Hamilton wear out the long nights of partying, jetting around in the world or a collision with a taxi in the middle of the night in Monte Carlo so that he can no longer give 100 percent in the racing car? He says no: 'I haven't lost a millimeter.'

Rosberg is 0.172 seconds faster on average

Many theories are being discussed right now. Rosberg has come to terms with the brakes, speculates the BBC. He can now drop anchor later and better control the erupting stern. The improvement would only be in the range of hundredths of a second. The high tire pressures that Pirelli has prescribed since Monza were also brought into play. Allegedly, they suit Rosberg's driving style. Hamilton protests: 'I've won 3 races since then.'

The fact is, the pendulum has turned. First in training. In his 12 training wins, Hamilton was on average 0.324 seconds faster. Since Rosberg has been standing in front of him regularly, the average interval has been 0.172 seconds.

Explanations? In Suzuka, Hamilton's second attempt was stopped by the accident of Daniil Kvyat. But Rosberg also still had a cartridge in the magazine. In Sochi, Hamilton made a mistake in turn 13. But the gap was the greatest at 0.32 seconds. In Austin, Hamilton slipped in a pool of water when he tried to counter Rosberg's best time. There was no real explanation for the 0.188 second difference in Mexico. In Brazil, Hamilton criticized himself: 'I broughtSector 1 is not properly combined. '

Rosberg no longer makes mistakes

Rosberg himself cannot or does not want to contribute to the clarification.' Lots of small things, nothing special. You have to adapt constantly. We now drive different cars, different tires and different setups than last year or in the first part of the season. '

Chief Engineer Andrew Shovlin confirms:' We can't see any pattern from the data of what Nico is doing differently now . 'And team boss Toto Wolff suspects that the psyche plays a role.' Neither the drivers nor I have a precise explanation. Maybe it happens in the subconscious. Lewis achieved all of his goals and Nico can drive without pressure. Maybe that's why the adrenaline level is not so high with Lewis. '

In the race there are even more reasons for turning things around. First, the learning process: After Hamilton starved him twice on the outside lane in the first corner , Rosberg consistently bricked up the inside lane at the start. Then he controlled the speed and opponents.

It is an old wisdom that second place is a triple penalty. The pursuer loses downforce in the turbulence of the front runner, and he also ruins his tires in the process. In addition, the man in first place gets the better tactics. So always the first pit stop.

In fact, there were only 4 races in which the starting order was reversed - in Monaco Hamilton fell behind Rosberg after an unnecessary pit stop. At the Red Bull-Ring, Rosberg won the acceleration duel at the start from second position. In Suzuka and Austin, Hamilton forced the right of way into Turn 1.

After that, the rows remained always follow the same in the race. The only exception was Austin. There, however, the weather and the safety cars were in charge. Rosberg managed to change position, but gave the lead back through a mistake.

That is exactly the difference to before. The World Cup runner-up has not made a mistake in two races. And that's why Hamilton has to dress warmly.


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