Nico Rosberg: "Hamilton not in form in 2018"

Published on 16 Apr 2018 12:44

Valtteri Bottas has targeted the 2018 world championship, just as his high-profile teammate Lewis Hamilton begins to struggle. After failing to win in Australia and Bahrain, reigning world champion Hamilton's season hit a low in China as both he and Mercedes struggled.

"Both on my side but also as a team, we've been underperforming," he said. "From my side it was a disaster. I'll have to look at it so I can stop losing points and get back to my normal performance level," Hamilton added.

But Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas managed to finish second in China, and he also almost won in Bahrain. So the Finn says his world championship target remains on track. "Yes, that's my goal and that's the way it should be," Bottas told AS newspaper. Told that he has to keep beating Hamilton in order to achieve it, he admitted: "I believe in myself, so yes. That's the goal."

So amid Hamilton's current contract negotiations and his obvious dip in form, boss Toto Wolff urged the Briton to up his game. "Like the car, he might not have been quite there this weekend," he said in China. "I still think he's the best driver, it's just that even the best have days when they're not at 100 per cent," Wolff added.

Hamilton's former teammate Nico Rosberg agrees: "Lewis is not in form but he's always had such phases. If he's not confident, he starts to think and he makes mistakes," the German told RTL television. "I'm curious to see if he comes back in Baku." (GMM)

Replies (5)
US ajpennypacker 16 Apr 2018 17:050
Posts: 1402
This is Lewis, he spends most of the season at an incredibly high level, but he always have dips in form during the season. Even last year, when so many hailed it as his most impressive campaign.
SE calle.itw 16 Apr 2018 22:480
Posts: 5626
Yeah, he is an incredibly uneven driver, even at peak performance. But this low is lower than what we've seen do far, methinks.
US Rindtchamp 16 Apr 2018 20:120
Posts: 269
I hope it continues, it makes the races more entertaining.
Posts: 24
Nico is absurd to feel that it's necessary for Lewis to come back, because of his poor showing at China, as if he's in some sort of mental funk. Let's not forget the first race in Australia. Hamilton was on to probable race win, before for the introduction of the VSC, which cost him a race a likely win. At Bahrain Lewis finished on the podium in third place, after starting in ninth position, because of a gearbox problem. It's not a crisis for him, as much as Rosberg would like to believe.
DE juju_hound 17 Apr 2018 08:410
Posts: 165
Hamilton's pace was poor in China only after three races. In Australia he did splendid, in Bahrain he was doing great job coming back from behind but true at the end of the race he seems to be troubled

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