News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

'Luck' helped Hamilton win in Monza - Rosberg

Formula 1 News - September, 2014

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar
Tim's Blog

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

Sep.10 (GMM) "Luck" helped Lewis Hamilton to win Sunday's Italian grand prix.

That is the view of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, even if the championship leader didn't initially want his arch title nemesis to hear it.

At Monza, with the controversy surrounding their Spa crash still raging and Rosberg having been internally punished, the German made two mistakes whilst leading in Italy that allowed Hamilton to pass and go on to win.

Combined with an oddly smiling boss Toto Wolff in the pits, it triggered the conspiracy theory that Rosberg made the 'mistakes' on purpose to right the wrongs and hand some points back to Hamilton.

Wolff has called the theorists "paranoid" and denied that Rosberg's mysterious penalty involved handing back an ill-gotten win to Hamilton.

"It definitely wasn't any kind of punishment that affects the sporting side," the Austrian told Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

Still, not everyone is convinced.

Safety car driver Bernd Maylander admitted what Rosberg did on Sunday was "not normal".

"They were braking there at 360kph," he told Austrian Servus TV, "so you can easily make a mistake and go into the emergency exit.

"But two mistakes in the same place? It's not normal," Maylander admitted.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, an outside shot to take on the warring Rosberg and Hamilton for the title, agrees.

"It is definitely one of the hardest braking zones throughout the season," said the Australian.

"We have very little downforce as well so it's really difficult. Then you add the pressure from Lewis Hamilton in the heat of battle, a mistake can happen.

"One mistake, for sure it's actually pretty normal. The fact that it happened twice, I found interesting," Ricciardo smiled.

Arguably, the Mercedes duo's off-track battle is even more interesting than their wheel-to-wheel encounters.

On Friday, during a tense pre-weekend press conference at Monza involving Hamilton, Rosberg admitted that the psychological war "Of course in sport plays a part".

Hamilton has been obviously playing that game recently, but Rosberg's combative skills have been arguably more covertly deployed in 2014.

After the Monza 'mistake' and Hamilton's win, Rosberg switched into Italian to discuss the pivotal moment of the race with Mercedes' electronics chief Evan Short -- who is Canadian.

Commentators speculated that Rosberg chose to speak in Italian not only to Short but also Brazilian Felipe Massa in order to exclude the exclusively English-speaking Hamilton.

Germany's Bild newspaper has revealed that Rosberg, whose conversation was clearly audible on television, said to Short: "He (Hamilton) was so damn lucky -- how is that even possible?"

comments powered by Disqus
If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you set your document mode to IE 8 (Alt+8) or via F12 to see and add comments

10 'n' Pole Formula 1 Tipping Competition - Have fun and win - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
09 Aug: F1 should start 2021 engine planning now - officials Comments
09 Aug: F1's Brazilian duo face uncertain future Comments
08 Aug: Bottas has Renault 'offer' - source Comments
08 Aug: Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi Comments
08 Aug: Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko Comments
08 Aug: Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso Comments
08 Aug: Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner Comments
05 Aug: Ecclestone credits Verstappen for Heineken deal Comments
05 Aug: Montezemolo struggles to hold tongue over Ferrari Comments
05 Aug: Wehrlein defends performance against Haryanto Comments
04 Aug: Ecclestone to 'sell' F1 radio coms - report Comments
04 Aug: Sirotkin in running for Renault seat - father Comments
04 Aug: Hulkenberg hails McLaren-Honda progress Comments
04 Aug: Marko plays down Kvyat axe rumours Comments
04 Aug: Renault could turn blue for 2017 - reports Comments
03 Aug: Mercedes, McLaren in dispute over engineer Comments
03 Aug: Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon Comments
03 Aug: Lauda to help Rosberg bounce back Comments
03 Aug: Father defends Magnussen's F1 commitment Comments
03 Aug: Marchionne 'not satisfied' but staying the course Comments

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
Chinese F1 GP
Belgian F1 GP
Singapore F1 GP
Italian F1 GP
Abu Dhabi F1 GP
Few tickets still available
MotoGP Tickets
British MotoGP
Czech Republic MotoGP
San Marino MotoGP
Valencia MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2012 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2012 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers