Nico Rosberg: ‘Advantage Hamilton and Mercedes in a big way’

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Nico Rosberg praises Toto Wolff for the way he managed the media whirlwind surrounding Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision at the British Grand Prix.

“Management is crucial and Toto has been managing it very well,” Rosberg told Sky F1.

“He is really making Red Bull look like more and more the bad guys now with [them] trying to protest and all these things.

“He’s super-smart as well with playing the media game and also internally, really revving everyone up to try and beat them together.”

The German believes Red Bull has not been as successful with how they approached the whole thing. Regarding their handling of the situation Rosberg said:

“I would say maybe not quite as smart and good in the last couple of days. It was not ideal and has maybe also pushed Max to have that outburst [after qualifying in Hungary] in the media.

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“So Christian not ideal, Max not ideal and it puts you on the back foot.

“Then you don’t qualify very well, Max’s car did have more pace than that, so it all comes together and I would definitely say advantage Hamilton and Mercedes at the moment in a big way.”

However, Nico thinks this is understandable in Max’s case, as it is the first time in his career that he has been a serious contender for the F1 championship.

“I also wouldn’t under-estimate how difficult it is for Max for the first time in his life to be favourite for the World Championship. The pressure just exponentially goes up and it’s a difficult thing to manage.

“We must also remember he’s still very young, even though he’s done seven years in F1, so we could be seeing some moments where it’s just getting to him a little bit,” concluded Rosberg.

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