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Rosberg disappointed with fourth place behind Hamilton (VIDEO)

Jul 27, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

Nico Rosberg has been left frustrated in Hungary today after he failed to convert pole position into a race win, eventually bringing his Mercedes home in fourth place behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The German driver did lead the early stages of the race before the first safety car period, when Mercedes’ decision to pit him one lap later than the opposition dropped him down the order. The team then chose to run two option tire stints as opposed to one prime stint for Hamilton, and despite calling for the Briton to let Rosberg through, the championship leader was not given the position.

Rosberg managed to catch Hamilton in the final laps of the race despite pitting an extra time, but could not quite overtake his title rival, falling half a second short at the flag.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton after the race today, Rosberg made no secret of his disappointment, but is happy to still hold an eleven point lead heading into F1’s summer break.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Rosberg has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

    He played the last laps as smart as he could.

    Hamilton would have pushed on bad tires to keep Rosberg behind him to the point of encouraging a collision if he could have pinned it on Rosberg’s pass attempt.

    This is what these guys live for,to win a championship.

    At the end of the race,Nico played it smart,brought the car home fourth and minimized the damage to his championship fight.

    And I want to say a thank you shout out to Will Buxton who could see just how crushed that Nico was at the end of the race that he did’nt force himself and Lewis into a no win situation for both that he thought he might have won ( both drivers and the team would have lost Nico-you did the right thing) and Will,who proved again he is’nt a media dxxxhead,saw the total dejection on Nico’s face and reminded him gently of all the great things Nico has to be proud of going into the break.

    Good show,Will.

  2. NewsCodex - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    xMercedes’ team orders for Hamilton to let Nico through make it quite clear who the team wants to win the championship. They would prefer a German driver in a German car. Not very fair to Hamilton. Makes you wonder if all his little accidents really are just a string of bad luck or something more calculated.

  3. aljobe - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Mercedes didn’t decide to pit Rosberg one lap later; he had already passed the pit entrance when the safety car came out.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Rosberg did nothing wrong. Every safety car period penalized Rosberg and helped Hammy. The team isn’t favoring either driver IMO, they are doing the best they can to manage the situation for the best on-track results. Nico probably could have caught and passed Alonso if Hammy didn’t run him off the track when he tried a clean pass. I’m sure that maneuver will be remembered by Mercedes and Rosberg.

  5. lewymp4 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Lewis conducted good defensive moves on Rosberg at Hungary, which Hamilton detractors will seize on as being out of bounds..

    If you really want to see someone being run off a track. Take a look how Rosberg completely ran Lewis into the desert at Bahrain in 2012.

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