As the media reflect on the Monaco Grand Prix, I do find it interesting to see the perspectives of former drivers. John Watson reckons they are both “behaving like pre-pubescent girls” and then goes on to explain all the things that Lewis did during the weekend—not sure why that implicates Rosberg who was rather quiet for most of the weekend.

Interestingly, I’ve seen the name Ross Brawn come up twice this morning in terms of a missing link at Mercedes to calm this situation down. First from Watson:

“Both Hamilton and Rosberg have grown up in a gilded world which is as real as fantasy is. They are not emotionally equipped or developed to know how to deal with this battle, and I don’t believe there is anyone of the quality of Ross Brawn at Mercedes who has that ability either.
Indeed, if Brawn had been running the team, as he had been up until last year, the situation between the two drivers would have been handled a lot better.”

“Niki said he will ‘sort it out’, and he is a very pragmatic man, but in a sense he is part of the problem because has been ‘bigging up’ Hamilton.

I don’t see anyone at Mercedes with the authority, the credibility and the gravitas that Brawn had. If you think back to last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Rosberg wanted to catch and pass Hamilton, and Brawn emphatically said: “No. Hold position.” It is not just what you say, it is the way you say it and it is the person who says it. Rosberg thought about it, but then obeyed the command.”

Watson went on to share his thoughts on the issue at hand—namely Monaco—a decent read.

What also caught my attention was the interview with John Surtees at MotorSport Magazine in which he said:

“I know they have the experience of Niki Lauda in the team, but perhaps Ross Brawn is being missed.” Said Surtees.

John was equally nonplussed by the actions of Lewis Hamilton saying:

“I have no doubt about Lewis Hamilton’s driving ability, but I didn’t like what I saw and heard from Monaco. I can understand the frustration that Lewis must have felt in not having that opportunity on the last lap of qualifying to get pole. But I think his reaction to his team-mate and team was wrong.”

As for that story of growing up in Stevenage? Yeah, Surtees lived there too:

“Lewis had said earlier that he had more motivation than Nico to win the World Championship because of his upbringing in a flat in Stevenage, where incidentally I used to lodge when starting my career racing the Norton, as against Nico growing up in Monaco.”

At this point, who hasn’t slept on a couch in Stevenage? Heck, it seems many of the Formula 1 greats have spent a lot of time on couches at some point in their career. Except Nico of course.

Speaking of Nico, what a horrible situation he finds himself in at a promotional event for Mercedes where two people were hit by a car and taken to hospital with bad injuries? Not the way you want to spend your in-between week celebrating your Monaco win.

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  • Christy

    I’ve been very impressed with Rosberg’s maturity and lack of reactionism.

  • rapierman

    Merc sounds like they think they can do without brawn. It’s like the adolescent boy who thinks that they’ve already got what it takes and attempts to strike out on their own. At the moment, it’s okay because they’re winning, but what happens when controversy comes along? What happens when the chips are down? Will Merc actually prove that they’re in the right place and the right time with the right plan and keep everything under control, or will they run back to Brawn just like the adolescent starts to run back to Mommy and Daddy? Where is the team’s maturity then?

    That’s the one thing about irreplaceable people: You may think you can get by without ’em, but you’ll soon learn just how valuable they are.

  • do you guys really think Schumacher senna or prost would have handled the monaco debacle any better than lewis? NO! he obviously felt aggrieved about the situation. he didn’t curse at nico or throw a swing. and to be honest i tend to doubt rosberg would have handled it better if it were the other way around negative camber.

  • Benalf

    What’s all the buzz with those two kids and Merc? That’s exactly what you should expect when you don’t have #1 driver, when you have two almost equal drivers racing the best car on the grid. If Ron Dennis was unable to handle Senna-Prost or Hamiltons-Alonso, why do you think Toto Wolf or Ross Brawn would do it? Brawn’s philosophy seems to be the #1 driver; there’s no other reason as to why he brought Hamilton in having Rosberg ready to deliver when the car was good enough to challenge. He picked Button over Barrichello when Brawn GP car DDD dominated in ’09…..Schumacher in Ferrari… evidence shows otherwise. I think Mr Wolf is right when he said “let them play with their toys as long as they don’t wreck them”. If a Vettel-Webber collision happens, then well know whose driver the team is backing and the team’s strategy will probably shift towards one single driver, which makes sense if you want to win both WCs.

    Being so surprised and critical with Hamilton is amusing; he’s been doing that since 2007.He probably knows that this is his last chance to show his racecraft and maturity after 7 years, a single WC, and lots of questions marks about his mental strength and consistency. If he fails to deliver, his reputation as a F1 superstar will probably be tarnished for the rest of his career.

    Finally, I think Rosberg is doing a good job; he knows he has very few chances to dominate Hamilton and he successfully got 2 out of 3 battles, still on top of the DWC. If Hamilton flunks a couple of times during the season, Rosberg may have a shot at the DWC….let’s see

  • As for the “Horrible Situation”… what is it with these stupid media outlets and their completely misleading articles?

    “Formula One driver Nico Rosberg and two of Germany’s World Cup squad have been involved in a car accident during a promotional shoot at their World Cup training base on Tuesday which left two people in hospital.”

    Um.. No.

    Formula One drive Nico Rosberg was nearby when some other people had an accident. He was bystander for crying out loud!

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN !!! Another FORMER F1 DRIVER, talking crap about lewis hamilton,while PRAISING THE GLORY OF NICO ROSBERG.


    So lets stop all of the harps and,sunbeams about what a GREAT CHAP NICO IS.
    While at the same time calling lewis a miscreant in so many words,WHO NEEDS TO MAN UP AND,ACT MATURE.

    It is starting to seem as though there is a level of DISLIKE for lewis,that i am starting to believe certain people as to THE ORIGINS OF SAID DISLIKE.
    I dont want to believe it,but i do remember the fans in the stands in the 2009 season WITH THE MAKEUP ON and,THE SIGNS !!

    Enough of the damning lewis with faint praise and gentlemen THE ANGEL NICO ROSBERG CHEATED FIRST. NICO CHEATED FIRST. NICO CHEATED FIRST.
    It rolls off the tongue,you can do it.

    Or is nico still THE MOST HONEST CHAP IN F1. Get a clue.

    • A person can dislike Lewis or his behavior and not be a racist, mate. Not all Hamilton detractors wear face paint. To each their own.

  • jonnowoody

    ” Hey guys, I just found out what was in my eye – it was Niki’s finger>”