Nico Rosberg says he had no choice other than to let Lewis Hamilton past during the last race at Monaco, even though it meant surrendering part of his points advantage over his team mate.
Hamilton cut Rosberg’s lead from 43 points to 24 after winning the race thanks in part to Rosberg letting him by into second on lap 16 when told to by Mercedes.
“This is always going to be a part of the championship,” Rosberg told Sky in Canada. “There’s no way around that, we know that.”
“At that point in time it was absolutely the right thing to do. Emotionally, very tough to let my championship rival, wave him past, not something I enjoy doing at all, definitely. But it had to be done. I have a big part in the win that the team got eventually so it made sense for everybody.”
Rosberg finished the race over a minute and a half behind his team mate. He described how a combination of problems caused him to lose confidence in the car. “As a result [I was] staying a bit further away from the limit and other things go cold, so it was a spiral,” he explained.
“It was a bad day in the office,” said Rosberg. “Everything came together, all the bad stuff.”
“And especially in Monaco, when you start having a few issues here and there it spirals downwards, and Monaco’s so unforgiving, that then you just get that massively bad result.”
“That’s what happened. We’ve analysed and gone through, understood it, most of the stuff, that’s it now it’s done.”
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