Nico Rosberg has explained Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff’s clever media games to make Red Bull seem like the villains.
Red Bull have had a terrible few weeks both on and off-track. Their rivals Mercedes, on the other hand, have enjoyed them. While Red Bull lost drivers in two races, Mercedes won one and finished third in the other, leapfrogging the former in the Constructor’s Championship.
Former World Champion Nico Rosberg knows a thing or two about Mercedes, having been a driver for the team before his retirement. He reckons Red Bull are digging their own grave on the PR front, and explained Wolff’s clever media games to make them look bad.
Speaking to SkySports, Rosberg said, “Management is crucial, and Toto has been managing it very well. He is really making Red Bull look like more and more the bad guys now with (them) trying to protest and all these things.
“He’s super smart as well with playing the media game and also internally, really revving everyone up to try and beat them together,” the German concluded.
Mercedes may not have been at fault during the British Grand Prix. However, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, it was entirely Valtteri Bottas’ fault. Accordingly, Wolff did apologise to Red Bull for the incident.
“I completely understand the feelings. All I can do is to take it on us,” Wolff said.
“It was a small mistake being too late on the brakes and took out Lando (Norris) and the two Red Bulls, and it’s not how things should go. But in the rain, it can be quite tricky.
“The mistake was unfortunate with big consequences. (Valtteri) got sandwiched by the two cars in front, lost all downforce and then it was already too late,” Wolff said
Then, the media games Rosberg spoke about came to light. When asked if he would apologise directly to his Red Bull counterpart, Christian Horner, Wolff said, “No, I will do it in public like I’m doing it here with you, that I’m sorry for that.”
This just shows F1 is much more than a sport of racing. A lot of things have to come together for success, and among them is mental chess played by those off the track.