Hamilton lacks Vettel's 'dedication' - Rosberg

Thursday, 10 january 2019, 05:51 , by Matthew Scott

Sebastian Vettel has "a devotion" that Lewis Hamilton lacks when it comes to working closely with his engineers, according to the world champion's former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Rosberg battled Hamilton for F1 dominance for three seasons between 2014-2016, retiring after he was finally crowned world champion.

Vettel has long had a reputation for taking a great interest in the setup of his car and spending lots of time in the garage on grand prix weekends.

Rosberg claims that the same cannot be said of Hamilton, although the Briton is generally quick to credit his team for the work they have done to assist his four drivers' championship wins in the last five years.

"Vettel is superior in terms of dedication to work, he works closely with the engineers," Rosberg told Autosprint. "It is a devotion that Hamilton does not have."

Vettel suffered an error-strewn 2018 as Hamilton once again scaled the heights to win his fifth drivers' title.

Rosberg says all is not lot for the Ferrari man, explaining how he bounced back from a similar campaign to taste glory in 2016.

He added: "I do not know exactly what happened to him but this is sport sometimes it seems everything is going in the right direction, then you just need one mistake to bring you down, you lose confidence and everything goes wrong.

"The same thing happened to me against Hamilton in 2015.

"With Lewis I needed to change my attitude, I decided that I had to be the one to lead the game. Lewis always tends to impose his rules but I took control so as not to allow him to find the motivation. And I won."

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Comments (40)

  • Per Axblom
    Nico have very much defended Ham before. So I see no reason why this wouldnt be true. He tells his honest opinion. And Ham is a hugh talent for sure. So is Max, Ric and Vettel. Hamilton didnt do so many misstakes because he had a superior car and the whole team backing him. Vettel is extremely dedicated as Horner. Arrivabene was angry at Vettel becauae he felt threatend and that became clear now with what we learned the last days.
  • Steven Miller
    Yeah, seems to be doing Lewis a lot of harm, doesn't it? Remember Nico, Vettel doesn't have quite the same little 'luxuries' you enjoyed during your last three years in the Merc garage, hence a true picture of who the best driver is gets painted......
  • Sagar Sheth
    Well then imagine what he can do with the dedication.. he owned vettel in straight fight twice that too with a car not fastest throughout the season..
  • Dean Simms
    Coming from the person who was afraid to continue in the sport. Only reason he won a championship is because of reliability issues with Hamilton’s car.
  • Adrian Pink
    Who gives a flying fuck what cheatberg has to say.... did not matter and never will... o yer 5 / 1 and his one was given to him... so what the fk dose he know ...
  • Carol Treurnicht
    Like in school. Some naturally clever and don’t need to swot. Others need to work work work to keep up. Ham is a natural. Vet has to swot. Naturals usually win though
  • Chris Diaz
    I could go without hearing Nico’s useless opinion, yea?! Without Hamilton’s data, yea, I doubt Nico would be more than a midfield driver, yea!?
  • Mark Hornsby
    I'd argue that Vettel interferes too much and stops his engineers getting on with their job ... which in turn leads to poorer reliability.
  • Vimalraj Nagarajan
    Naveen Raj Sreedhar Mallempati. Good thing to read... Rosberg is the only one who had overcame Hamilton in recent years....
  • Dan Dailey
    For having what’s called a lack of dedication. We will take it. Once dedicated....dam watch out!!. It’s gonna hurt.!!
  • Enyo Pinto
    I'm sure the second most succesful driver in f1 lacks dedication . Speaks volumes about the other then lol
  • Greg Valdez
    hahaha "but I took control so as not to allow him to find the motivation. And I won." and Hamilton's car kept breaking down...
  • Shane Moore
    Rosberg- ur a has-been who ran away retiring when should have defended championship- knob with no personality
  • Declan Palmer
    Fucking retard rosberg. How's the commentating going dumbass. Just look at Lewis records. Enough said.
  • Kelvin James Phelps
    Lacks dedication? Coming from someone who left as soon as he fluked a championship?!
  • Christine Muise
    Wonder how Hamilton feels about Nico's new Mercedes commercial!!!
  • Michael Sharpe
    This idiot had the title handed to him after his mechanics sabotage LH car now he talking
  • Tom Tomarse Burnside
    Yes Nico because you know all about dedication don't you
  • Anesto Cazoe
    From the guy who quit while he was ahead to go work on YouTube.
  • Warren Herbert
    And this comment comes from a guy with only one title.

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