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Rosberg: Monaco pace more "painful" than team orders

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Rosberg: Monaco pace more "painful" than team orders
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May 30, 2016, 1:17 PM

Nico Rosberg says the lack of pace he suffered in the Monaco Grand Prix was more 'painful' for him than being told to move over for teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid leads team mate Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 on the drivers parade

The German struggled to get his tyres operating in the right performance window in the wet conditions, and that meant he held up Hamilton in the early stages as race leader Daniel Ricciardo streaked away.

Mercedes decided that if Ricciardo was going to get beaten then Hamilton needed to be released, so it ordered Rosberg to move over for his title rival.

But despite the significance that the points swap could have come the end of the year, Rosberg said the bigger issue now was getting to the bottom of why he was so slow in the wet.

When asked about how painful it was to move over for Hamilton, he said: "Painful? It was more painful the feeling that I had in the car.

"That was the worst one, because it was a complete lack of confidence in those conditions. And around Monaco that is not a good feeling to have.

"So that was the most painful one, because I realised that with that feeling in the car I was not going to be able to fight for the win. So the second thing was a consequence of that."

Investigation

Rosberg said that work was needed over the next few days to better understand exactly what happened, as the issue with tyre and brake temperatures was not clear.

"I don't have an explanation for it at the moment," he said. "I can tell you that there was a complete lack of confidence. I had to stay well away from the limit because I would have been in the wall otherwise.

"What we do know is that there was a brake issue with the temperatures, quite a large one, so for sure that caused problems.

"But it is too early to say that is all of it or what, I cannot come to any definite conclusions at the moment it will take a bit of analysing."

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Location Monte Carlo
Drivers Nico Rosberg Shop Now
Teams Mercedes Shop Now
Author Jonathan Noble