Former Swiss F1 racing driver, Marc Surer is backing Nico Rosberg following his coming together with team mate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the Austrian GP.
Rosberg was held to be the guilty party by the stewards following the race and awarded a 10 second race time addition along with 2 driver license penalty points.
The incident sent Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff into a rage and he described both his drivers as ‘brainless’. Threatening team orders to prevent any further incidents on track between them.
Yet Marc Surer believes Mercedes should be less reactive to the incident because it is belies the frequent complaint being made that, “Formula One is boring because Mercedes always wins.”
The Sky Germany commentator thinks Mercedes will upset fans further by bringing in team orders, thus killing the prospect of do or die duelling Mercedes drivers during F1 races.
Nico Rosberg also gets the thumbs up from the ex-Arrows team driver for not conceding any ground to his team mate. “I think it’s great that Rosberg now holds his own and the result is Mercedes have suffered a few collisions. But this season, but Nico is finally an equal opponent for Hamilton. “
1-2 Mercedes victories week in week out for Mercedes are hardly going to set the world’s sporting press alight, but as Surer observes, “People still talk about Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna”.
The worst case scenario is Lewis and Nico will crash again, but ‘so what?’ says Surer. “Then again – Mercedes will be all the talk on everyone’s lips”.
Marc does not believed Rosberg will receive a bad reception from the fans at the British GP this weekend, despite their hero being booed in Austria. “The English are very fair and well-informed public. They have an incredible knowledge about motorsport, which is why I don’t believe that Rosberg will be massively abused by them”.