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Nico Rosberg was on the receiving end of a healthy dose of criticism since he lashed out at his team mate after the Chinese Grand Prix. Although the numbers say that his complaints about Lewis Hamilton backing him into Vettel’s Ferrari may have been valid, the German had one problem: It worked. Lewis was a bastard and got away with it.
The last time Nico tried to down and dirty was last year in Spa; the result being he was bent over the nearest piece of furniture and given a darn good rear-end seeing-to by Lauda and Wolff because unlike China 2015, Mercedes failed to make a one-two finish.
And this is the team’s ultimate goal, as the thought of any gods beside them makes Niki and Toto fairly uncomfortable – a not unusual predicament in paddock-land – as portrayed by Ron Dennis and the dastardly duo Horner/Marko of Red Bull fame.
And whilst many people, admittedly some here too, have begun the obituaries for Rosberg’s dignity and race craft, the man himself seemingly shrugged it off and braved the predictable storm of questions on Thursday at the driver press conference.
“I did not offer an opinion, I laid out the facts,” Rosberg insists, and TJ13’s analysis on this week’s podcast appears to support Nico’s claim.
Their confidence shaken, by Ferrari’s upset win in Malaysia, Mercedes staged a mammoth one-hour strategy briefing ahead of the Chinese GP – one of the longest in the history of the relatively new team. Surely that time was enough to discuss what would happen if they switched from their planned option-prime-prime strategy to option-option-prime?
And even if Goliath clubbed David to a bloody pulp, Rosberg insists he would do it all over again. In fact when Sport-Bild’s Ralf Bach needled him during his press round, the Nico took a page out of Vettel’s personal diary – ‘Diplomacy 101’ – and replied: Those questions get on my bloody tits. I’ll give my answer on the track.
It remains to be seen if Rosberg’s new-found aggressiveness will be a match for Lewis’ self-confidence. We might be in for one hell of a race – or then again given the Bahrain International Circuit’s history, a complete anti-climax.
What is cetain is all eyes will be on the Mercedes duo, while the scarlet clad mechanics snicker and work on their tyre-saving setup.