Nico Rosberg says he sympathizes with Lewis Hamilton for the way he lost the 2021 World Cup title to Max Verstappen, describing it as a “terrible” situation, and hopes to return to racing. Hamilton and Verstappen entered the final race for the Abu Dhabi GP equal in points.
The driver of the Mercedes dominated the race until a safety car came out on the track and turned things around. Verstappen immediately went for soft tires and got out behind several drivers. In the first moment, he was not allowed to overtake the drivers in order to return to his position, but that was soon annulled and he found himself behind Hamilton.
When the race started again, Verstappen overtook Hamilton, who was on old hard tires, which meant the Dutchman won the race and won the title, much to the disappointment of Mercedes. Hamilton and Wolff missed the FIA awards ceremony, and the Mercedes boss admitted that they both feel "disappointed"
All this has led to speculation that Hamilton wants to continue racing. "It's horrible, horrible" Rosberg said when asked to comment on the controversial finale. Asked about the stories that Hamilton could leave F1 and whether it is a realistic outcome in his eyes, Rosberg said: "I don't know.
I'm sure it's so hard to survive at the moment. " “He was a world champion in his head, 99 percent sure, and then it’s taken away from him like that, so it’s hard. I don't know what he thinks, but of course, we all hope he will be there next year, "he added.
Encouraged by how a driver can overcome a situation like this, the 2016 title winner continued: “It is very difficult because he (was) overtaken. Yes, he had all the tires, but they overtook him in the last lap.
" "It's not that his car broke down or anything like that. Seeing the championship slip away… man, that’s horrible! It's so painful. " "If you're in such a leading position, you're stressed like crazy, and then the guy overtakes you, my God…" Both drivers deserved the title Putting aside the finals, Rosberg described Verstappen as a driver who deserved the title after his one-year fight with Hamilton, adding that the duo contributed to an "incredible season"
"Both drivers deserved the title," Nico continued. "Of course, it was heartbreaking for Lewis to lose him like that, with such a change of procedure that was not in line with regulations." "Max is a deserving champion after all.
We had an amazing season, let’s not forget that. Now it's just a matter of getting over it and moving on - you can't change that anymore. "