Nico Rosberg admits he’s concerned about how split strategies at Mercedes could impact his battle with Lewis Hamilton.
Until now the team has tried to be fair to both drivers by usually running near identical strategies, but after losing out to Ferrari in Malaysia Toto Wolff admitted that it was time for a rethink.
Rosberg said that while it could work both ways he’d prefer it didn’t have to happen.
“Last year I was the guy in front in Hungary and I ended up having the little bit worse strategy,” he said. “You do that because the strategies are really close and you’re not sure which strategy is the better one. Definitely I don’t like that personally, because it’s an artificial addition to our fight, it’s not a fair fight after that for one or the other. So I don’t like that.
“But that’s the way it is, we’re racing for Mercedes and in the first instance we need to win for Mercedes. Whenever they need to do that they will do it and it’s clear for us, so we accept that to make sure that we win. In Malaysia we would have had a better chance to win if we split the strategies, definitely, because I was completely compromised by that one. That’s just an example of where you need to split strategies as a team.”
Asked by this writer for his views Hamilton said: “I haven’t got any worries just yet. Ultimately the car in front gets the best strategy, so I put myself in the best position for that, hopefully.”
2 responses to “Rosberg on Split Strategies: “It’s not a fair fight after that…””
I think Lewis shares Nico view on this one. If you look back on his comments at Monaco last year he was very clear he thought that each driver should have their own strategist.
It was obvious in Malaysia that Mercedes had no intention of letting Rosberg challenge Lewis. From a fans perspective its disappointing really, the likes of RBR were roundly slated when they supported a sole driver.
As the late Ken Tyrell said “if you split your strategies, you guarantee one of your drivers is on the wrong one”