The Nico Rosberg win was mainly down to him achieving pole position and was to be the main focus of Hamilton’s protest to the stewards. Saturday’s qualifying session saw the two Mercedes drivers going all out to win pole position. Rosberg went onto the escape road on his final qualifying lap and in so doing stopped Hamilton from finishing his own lap and thus the British driver had no way of challenging for pole position. Although the stewards did clear Nico from any wrong doing, Hamilton and quite a few racing pundits thought that Rosberg’s actions were deliberate and calculated.
It meant that on Sunday, Nico had the advantage, and we all know how important it is to start at pole position in Monaco. It is a well known fact that Monaco is one of the most difficult tracks for overtaking. Rosberg took full advantage of the situation and comfortably won the race, and so is now back in the Driver’s Championship lead by four points from his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The race only served to heighten the tension between the two Mercedes drivers, with Lewis even commenting on the radio about the timing of his pit stop. There was additional drama with Hamilton not being able to see out of left eye with about twelve laps remaining, and is testimony on what a massive talent Lewis Hamilton really is!
As the season progresses, it seems a certainty that it is all about the Mercedes drivers and who will hold their nerve to be awarded the Driver’s Championship. With all the usual suspects trailing and struggling to come to terms with the Mercedes team, one can only assume that we are in for high strung spills and thrills from the two Mercedes drivers.
Nico and Lewis have always enjoyed competing between themselves, even from their go-carting days. One would only hope that their desire to win does not adversely affect their friendship in the long term. Paddypower has Hamilton odds on 8/13 favourite to win the Canadian Grand Prix, with Nico 6/4 second favourite.