Team Radio Proves Hamilton Was Suspicious About Rosberg's Off At Monaco

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Let's be honest, stuff like this is why the idea of limiting team radio communication was a bad idea. Lewis Hamilton's team radio during Monaco qualifying released in the official Formula One 2014 season review proves that Hamilton believes Rosberg went off intentionally to screw him out of pole.


At the Monaco Grand Prix this year, Rosberg had secured the fastest lap in qualifying, but his teammate Lewis Hamilton was on a flying run that would have likely been faster. Rosberg locked up a wheel and went off at Mirabeau, which immediately raised an eyebrow from Hamilton. The off caused a yellow flag that forced Hamilton to slow down, killing his chances for pole.

Monaco isn't just one of the most historic races on the calendar—it has perhaps the fewest opportunities to pass as well. Getting pole is a big deal because it's intensely difficult to get around the pole-sitter in the actual race.

Hamilton was told, "Yellow, yellow, turn five" over the radio. After noticing Rosberg's car parked in the slip-road, Hamilton responded, "Ah, that was very good of him. Very good."

Lewis maintains that this off was intentional and that it was a major contributing factor in the rivalry that developed between himself and Rosberg.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, the stewards were unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing in Rosberg's off. Some felt it was the same sort of thing as Michael Schumacher's controversial parking at Rascasse, where he caused a yellow flag that kept Fernando Alonso from taking pole in 2006. It was too ambiguous to determine if Rosberg's off was the same thing.


Now we at least know Hamilton's side of the story, though: he suspected that move wasn't kosher immediately when he saw it.


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I love the entertainment value of F1, but I cannot stand most of the drivers. I find them to be whiny, churlish and arrogant. Dirty driving certainly would not be ruled out either.

Compare this to the halcyon days of the 50s and 60s. In 1956, at the Italian GP, Juan Manuel Fangio and Peter Collins were teammates at Ferrari and both were in contention to win the WDC. Fangio's car, with damaged steering, went into the pits for repair. His day was done. The WDC was now Collins because he was ahead of Fangio. Collins came into the pits and offered his seat to Fangio. A magnanimous gesture if ever there was one. Fangio kissed Collins, took Collins' Ferrari out and finished second and won the WDC. Peter Collins later said, "I would not have been proud of beating him through his bad luck".

And, think of the gentlemen drivers of the 60s who traveled and roomed together and were the best of friends. Drivers like Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Bruce McClaren, Dan Gurney and a host of others. Each of them in his own right was a class act and together, they demonstrated what true sportsmanship is.

Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Alonso, meh.