Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has presented some insight into the tense partnership among Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton past season.
The 2016 Method A person world championship was their past as teammates and the first in which Rosberg came out on best, retiring as world winner at the close of the season. The title fight went down to the past lap of the past race, with Hamilton preserving the struggle going until finally the chequered flag by backing his teammate into rival drivers as they ran a person-two at the front of the area.
The rigidity among Rosberg and Hamilton was obvious during their period of time as teammates, but in an job interview with Graham Bensinger on YouTube, Lauda opened up on the depth of the feud.
“They experienced no relation, which is usually lousy,” Lauda advised Bensinger. “They had been so lousy that they didn’t even say howdy in the morning. I will not count on them to have breakfast alongside one another if they will not like each individual other, I will not count on them to sit down and have breakfast, but the partnership was actually lousy. It influenced Lewis predominantly and Nico [as very well], so it was fantastic but not straightforward.”
A collision among Hamilton and Rosberg at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix proved to be a key flashpoint in their partnership. In the speedy aftermath, Mercedes’ management summoned both equally drivers to a assembly in the team’s engineering trucks the place Lauda created it obvious that he assumed Hamilton was to blame.
“The massive dilemma was whose fault was it?” Lauda stated. “For me it was obvious since Lewis was as well aggressive going to the appropriate, strike the grass, could not stop his auto and then strike him off.
“I stated if I have to choose among the two it is really a lot more Lewis’ fault than Nico’s fault. And Lewis did not appreciate that, since he was of a various impression. He stated, ‘Why do you criticize me?’ I stated, ‘Excuse me. I simply cannot acknowledge that you guys crash and then we have absolutely nothing and nobody’s fault. For me it has to be somebody’s fault.’ And then Lewis actually bought upset. Nico stated, ‘Yes, it was your part as well, you moved to the within. Why did you not depart area?’ He stated, ‘Why should really I, I was doing the race’.”
Lauda stated he fulfilled with Hamilton again in Ibiza to talk through the incident a person-on-a person, even though Mercedes issued a stricter established of policies of engagement to its drivers. Lauda stated the policies came with the best risk of a driver becoming introduced from his agreement if he did not act in the passions of the crew.
“We place some restrictions in, we advised them — primarily in Barcelona when the pushed each individual other off the track — we stated this was unacceptable for Mercedes and a person of you guys has to win [the race] you simply cannot drive each individual other off.
“We experienced some policies place in, that you are not permitted to [do that] and you have to pay out a penalty if you do it again or we will believe of releasing you from your agreement, since we are crew gamers here and we simply cannot destroy each individual other. This was the factor. Toto came up with some good policies and we experienced peace again. We fought really hard and the accidents bought lowered among them.”