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In the first instalment we will have one of our protagonist of the last few weeks, Nico Rosberg.
This season Nico Rosberg can finally establish himself as one of the top drivers in Formula 1. Being Michael Schumacher’s teammate was always going to be a lose-lose situation, although the guy still set a magnificent Monaco pole in his forties. Of course it was at this same circuit where the battle for the 2014 title intensified to a level where it paralleled the story of a bygone era: the naturally gifted and passionate driver versus the calculating cerebral strategist. With the championship winning car at his disposal and Lewis as a team mate, this is the perfect storm for Rosberg to make his mark once and for all: the coming of age of his career.
I’m not going to say anything about what happened at Mirabeau on the Saturday, apart from saying that something happened. More important are the effects these events are having. Is this affecting Lewis’ mindset in a negative way? Can Nico really handle the situation better, being the more cerebral one of the two, the multilingual driver with the mind of an engineer? Can he be a match for allegedly the fastest driver in F1?
As the fable of the tortoise and the hare shows us, racing isn’t always about downright speed. If one Formula 1 race is seen as a marathon, we might as well compare a whole season to the march of the White Walkers heading for The Wall. If you don’t get the reference: apparently it’s a long walk.
The story of the tortoise and the hare doesn’t necessarily imply Rosberg to be the tortoise and Hamilton to be the hare. It merely means that in life, and especially life in the complex Formula 1 bubble, requires you to sometimes be swift and agile as a hare and sometimes be restful and calculating like a tortoise.
The cynic might say that Rosberg exhibited these characteristics perfectly in Monaco Q3. It simply means using your strengths and weaknesses, dosing your power and leveraging your position. If you’re on pole in Monaco you can win the race like a tortoise, just because you can make the other cars more tortoise. And that’s just one on track example, we’re not even mentioning the mind games yet. Impressions are Rosberg is better equipped for that. So as far as the fable of the tortoise and the hare goes: maybe Lewis can take a leaf out of that book.