Nico Rosberg reveals how he beat Lewis Hamilton last year
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have known each other since a very young age as they were teammates through the junior ranks, but their friendship became fractious during their time as teammates at Mercedes.
At Mercedes, they fought each other for the Drivers’ Championship from 2014 to 2016. Hamilton won the championship in 2014 and 2015, but Rosberg finally managed to beat his great rival in 2016. Following his world title, Rosberg took a shocking decision to retire from the sport. Valtteri Bottas replaced him at Mercedes for the 2017 season, and Hamilton just recently won his fourth World Championship at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The pair crashed numerous times on track over the years, and it was widely believed that they barely talked to each other during their times at Mercedes together.
Rosberg took certain steps to mess with Hamilton’s head and beat him - he shared these steps to Autosport magazine.
He said, “Every single detail counts. Look, in the summer break last year I decided to stop cycling because the leg muscles are among the heaviest things on your body.
“I lost 1kg as a result that August. We came back, and three races later it was the Japanese Grand Prix.
“One kilo of body weight is 0.04 of a second per lap when the car is at the weight limit.
“I was on pole at Suzuka by 0.03 seconds.
“My smaller leg muscles got me on pole, and that messed with Lewis's head, so he messed up the start.”
“I finished first, he finished third, and I had the points lead that I needed to be able to cruise home with second places.”