Now that Mercedes has a competitive and wining car, the masks are falling down between the teammates and so called friends from Mercedes.
“It’s massive. I don’t remember the last time in my career I had a gap like that, particularly with a teammate driving the same car.” – Lewis Hamilton.
He also said that: “I felt I had the edge. We learned a lot from practice but it is one thing learning it, another applying it. But it worked and that is why I blew him away. I’m pushing myself more than my teammate is pushing me. That’s where the push is coming from. Nico is very quick, he’s won the first race, he’s always there, so naturally we are pushing each other. But this year I’m pushing myself that extra. I’m eking out more than I’ve ever been able to eke out.”
Jenson Button, the former teammate of Hamilton’s at McLaren admit: “Looking at what Lewis did is going to hurt [Rosberg] a little bit. He was super-fast. Yhat is a lot to put between you and your teammate when you have both had a clear race. I am sure that is strike one to him.”
BBC pundit David Coulthard agrees: “If that was a pure driver-to-driver battle, then Nico psychologically will have taken a bit of a hit.”
Niki Lauda think it was a problem with Nico’s car and said: “I have no idea why Nico could not drive at Lewis’ level. But I am glad that they were not fighting with each other. Now we have to analyse what was the issue with Nico’s car as it must be corrected and then we move to Bahrain.”
Rosberg himself admitted after the race: “I was trying to chase Lewis but he was a bit too quick.”