A wet start to the day couldn’t damped Lewis Hamilton’s positive attitude which helped him blaze to a thrilling victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, won thanks to his bold tyre management, and a helping hand from teammate Nico Rosberg.
Nico Rosberg is unbelievably cool under pressure. Tiptoeing through the media press conference with the skill of a trained assassin. Incredibly light-footed, he dispatches each question which was specifically designed for maximum impact without even breaking a sweat. Questions about his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team. About his relationship with teammate Lewis Hamilton. About his lead in the championship. About his future.
Flash back to 1989, Ayrton Senna Vs. Alain Prost; one of the most intense Formula One seasons on record; two team-mates locked in a white-hot battle for the drivers’ championship. The chase driver dives down the inside, the lead driver shuts the door. The result? Tyre smoke, and both cars stationary in the run-off area at the Japanese Grand Prix. The incident defined the season, and ensured that the legendary rivalry was forever etched in motorsport history.
Tyres, tyres and more tyres. The choice of which type of rubber to bolt on to a Formula One car during a race this year is enough to make even the most veteran F1 engineer sweat.