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Rosberg criticises: Bottas’ rubbish efforts, Hamilton’s soft defense at French GP

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Rosberg criticises: Bottas' rubbish efforts, Hamilton's soft defense at French GP

2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg criticized the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who struggled to defend nearest rivals Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at French Grand Prix.

The German, who is currenty working as a Commentator role for Sky Sports F1 – Bottas’ efforts as “rubbish”, and Hamilton’s defence of his position in the closing stages of the French Grand Prix as “soft”.

“Valtteri did a rubbish job, honestly, in defending because he blocked completely unnecessarily; he braked way too late and went straight on so Max had such an easy time getting past,” Rosberg told viewers.

“Maybe he would have got past anyway, but at least cost him a bit more lap time. It was not a very good way of defending and could have been done in a much more smart way.”

Verstappen started on pole, but he gives the leading position to Hamilton following an early mistake on the opening lap. Max regained the position after his first pit-stop when he marginally under-cut the race leader Lewis, who made the pit-stop after an extra lap.

Bottas maintained his P3 starting position throughout most of the race, but everything went haywire for Mercedes when they decided to go for a single stop against Red Bull’s two.

“Close the damn door, no?” said Rosberg as Hamilton appeared to yield the lead to Verstappen on the penultimate lap.

“Usually Lewis is the best one-to-one racer and I’m surprised he didn’t try,” he added. “At least try, brake late and try to keep him on the outside. A bit soft there from Lewis, somehow.”

“You can definitely see the pressure is there at Mercedes, because I’ve not seen them make so many mistakes in a long time. The German added

“They’re still an unbelievable force, a phenomenal team,” he added. “But Red Bull’s pace is such a boost, and they’re really coming the dominant force more and more, which is putting so much pressure on Mercedes and we are seeing that Mercedes are making mistake after mistake.

“They need to be careful, they need to keep it together from now on to have a chance.”

“I have to say Lewis was very fair with the pass,” said Christian Horner of the move that saw Verstappen take the lead, “he didn’t defend hard or aggressively and it was a very clean move.”

It was pointless to defend any harder – Hamilton

Asked in particular about Rosberg’s statement, Hamilton said: “Firstly, there’s marbles on the inside, so I didn’t want to make my tyres any worse than they already were.

“He had the DRS open, so if he didn’t pass me there, he would have passed me the straight afterwards, so it would have made zero difference and I just had no front end, so he would have got me either way.

“It was pointless to defend any harder. I think you saw what happened to Valtteri – just ended up going straight on. So, there was no point messing up the tyres any more.

“A two-stop, probably… two-stop would potentially have done the job but it was not on the cards at all for us, so we’ll do some analysis and try to figure out why.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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