Rosberg backs Bottas to catch Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton talks to Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Albert Gea/Pool via Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton talks to Valtteri Bottas all by the use of qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Picture by Albert Gea/Pool by way of Getty Footage)

Nico Rosberg believes Valtteri Bottas has an fairly assorted to shut the opening to championship chief Lewis Hamilton.

Though Hamilton has been on extreme for many of this season, the Brit’s head dropped remaining journey in Russia.

Handed what he felt had been two unjust penalties for working contained in the course of a begin exterior the designated space on his methodology to the grid, he achieved the Sochi race a distant third.

Bottas took the victory nonetheless it was Hamilton who made the headlines as he accused the stewards of doing their largest to cease his value in path of a seventh World title.

He subsequently apologised for his choices, saying he’s solely human.

Larger than in all probability that half was confirmed on Saturday in qualifying for the Eifel Grand Prix as Bottas ended the 35-year-old’s run of 5 consecutive F1 poles.

Requested if Hamilton stays to be feeling the ‘negativity’ from Russia, his former team-mate Nico Rosberg instructed Sky F1: “Precisely, and that’s the weak spot Lewis has.

“Normally he can lose his momentum and he can dip down, and he’ll defend down for just some races.

“So if Lewis actually is on this interval now – which we don’t know nonetheless, we’ll see how tomorrow [the race] goes – then Valtteri should be worthwhile and maximise these parts on account of it’s the one assorted you get and the one probability you will need to compete with Lewis.”

The German, who beat Hamilton to the 2016 World title, urged Bottas to capitalise on the second.

“That lap from Bottas contained out there out there was unimaginable,” mentioned Rosberg. “I appeared it at and it was like, good. And beneath all that strain!

“That’s precisely the message he should ship Lewis’ means: ‘This isn’t over nonetheless, I’m nonetheless all by way of the championship battle’.

“If he can proceed that [in the race], which will maybe be good.”

Bottas heads into Sunday’s 60-lap race 44 parts behind Hamilton all by way of the battle for the World title.

Whereas Hamilton has acquired six of this yr’s 10 grands prix, Bottas has solely been triumphant on two events, Austria and Russia.

– TEAMtalk media



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