I’m sure there is context behind Lewis Hamilton’s latest commentary on the battle between his teammate, Nico Rosberg, and why it has become a big issue. Lewis offered much of the commentary over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend himself so his most recent quote from AUTOSPORT is a bit of a non sequitur. He was asked what escalated the situation over the weekend and he replied:
“I don’t know. I’m not entirely sure,” he said. “Just competition, that’s what we have this weekend.
“One weekend is one way and one weekend is another and this weekend went a direction I wasn’t expecting, but it’s a good experience.
“I’m aware of it now and I’ll make sure I’m aware of it for the future.”
I’m assuming the qualifying session, in which Hamilton has all but said that Nico deliberately went off at Mirabeau on the final hot lap of the session, has something to do with it. Lewis said they had a meeting to discuss the situation and he looked at the telemetry and then stated that he wished we could all see it. The implication there, if you choose to read it that way, is that he wasn’t convinced that the telemetry absolved Rosberg of any wrong doing and he felt that we would also draw that conclusion upon reviewing the data.
If you’re Nico, that may be one thing that could ratchet up the friction between you and your teammate when he’s telling the world he believes you ran wide on purpose. Perhaps, as team boss Toto Wolff revealed, it was the ignoring team protocol and turning his engine up to maximum in Spain that tweaked Nico’s sense of fair play?
Regardless, Hamilton had been the chatter box in Monaco and the allegations and recriminations have come from his side of the garage. His behavior on the podium was bereft of common Formula 1 sporting considerations usually afforded to all drivers such was his frustration with the situation and it was clear, by alleging that his old team would have handled the race better, that he was a frustrated man. That and the fact that while spraying champagne, Lewis dawdled off to the right and sprayed a few press photographers while Nico and Daniel sprayed the teams and crowd gathered.
If Lewis is unsure of what amped up the battle over the Monaco Weekend, he may be one of the very few people who didn’t here his own voice, accusations and behavior over the last few days. There is little doubt, however, that is is “aware of it now” and will react accordingly in Canada.