Report F1: Myths and realities of the duel between Rosberg and Hamilton


The season 2016 we have been offered a duel at the summit between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. One so intense that it has left the winner of the same so empty inside that you have been pushed to withdraw from Formula 1 and, at least for the moment, also of the competition.

Both have had little opposition on the part of other drivers throughout the season, but their dispute has reached moments of maximum stress that has been put to the test their capacity for self-control and their quality as drivers. The overwhelming dominance exercised by Mercedes became, in reality, a trap for both pilots, which were soon aware that in this third duel in a row for the world title, the conclusions to draw were going to be direct, clear, and series of sound bites.

Nico Rosberg had to break once for all with the domain exercised by Lewis Hamilton, that if he wanted to become one of the biggest in the category, he had to get the fourth title in front of a pilot without superstar rank.

After the outcome, the prevailing view has been supported on several pillars. On the one hand, Lewis Hamilton has been faster, but also more irregular and has been very hampered by mechanical failures. On the other, Nico Rosberg has maintained a remarkable consistency that has allowed him to overcome his virtuous companion and rival. But, what is certain in all of this? We have compiled the relevant data from each Grand Prix in order to establish a verdict is accurate and concluyente.



  • Lewis Hamilton got the first position in all the practice sessions, but it went wrong and descended to the seventh place in the first lap of the race. Later, went back to the second position.
  • Nico Rosberg he lost his position with the Ferrari in the snatch, but won the race with the help of the strategy. The German pilot had brake problems in the last phase of career.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:29.725 (1) 1:38.841 (1) 21 1:25.624 (1) 24 1:25.351 (1) 1:24.605 (1) 1:23.837 (1)
ROS 1:31.814 (6th) 1:47.356 (15th) 15 1:25.800 (2nd) 25 1:26.934 (9th) 1:24.796 (2nd) 1:24.197 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 0-1 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 1-0 Hamilton


  • Nico Rosberg was dominated by Lewis Hamilton until Q2, in which the briton responded and got the pole. In the race, the German was placed first in the output, and won without opposition.
  • , Lewis Hamilton went wrong and, in the braking of the first corner, was beaten by Valtteri Bottas, who damaged the right side of the car. Went back up to the third place.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:32.799 (2nd) 1:31.001 (2nd) 62 1:32.160 (4th) 12 1:31.391 (2nd) 1:30.039 (1) 1:29.493 (1)
ROS 1:32.294 (1) 1:31.242 (1) 56 1:32.104 (3rd) 14 1:31.325 (1) 1:30.535 (3rd) 1:29.570 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 0-2 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 2-0 Hamilton


  • A fault on the MGU-H prevented Lewis Hamilton get out to the track on Saturday. Broke the front wing on the first lap and a erroneous strategy of Mercedes led that finished seventh with five stops in total.
  • Nico Rosberg lost a position at the start, but soon recovered to overtake Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:38.183 (2nd) 1:37.329 (4º) 16+33 2
ROS 1:38.037 (1) 1:37.133 (3rd) 16+33 2 1:37.669 (6th) 1:36.240 (3rd) 1:35.402 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 0-2 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 3-0 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton could not take part in Q3 due to a failure in the engine. He recovered in the race and came to pressure Nico Rosberg, but problems of water pressure forced him to lift the foot.
  • Nico Rosberg got his first Grand Chelem after a career placid and quiet.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:38.849 (2nd) 1:37.583 (1) 31+30 1:36.403 (1) 22 1:36.006 (1) 1:35.820 (2nd)
ROS 1:38.127 (1) 1:38.450 (3rd) 32+37 1:36.471 (2nd) 17 1:36.119 (2nd) 1:35.337 (1) 1:35.417 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 0-2 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 4-0 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton got the pole position, but Nico Rosberg will progress in the output. After an erroneous selection of map engine, the German lost momentum and Hamilton tried to overtake him, but Nico Rosberg closed the door, and the british went out into the grass, taking in front of your partner.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:24.611 (4th) 1:24.641 (3rd) 33+27 1:23.204 (2nd) 11 1:23.214 (2nd) 1:22.159 (1) 1:22.000 (1)
ROS 1:24.454 (3rd) 1:23.922 (1) 34+35 1:23.078 (1) 15 1:23.002 (1) 1:22.759 (2nd) 1:22.280 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 0-3 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 4-0 Hamilton


  • Problems of pressure of fuel in Q3 prevented him from Lewis Hamilton compete in the pole. Nico Rosberg also suffered, but more mild.
  • in the wet, Hamilton was contesting the win, with Daniel Ricciardo, who won after move directly from the extreme to the dry tyres. Nico Rosberg had no pace in the wet and was unable to recover in dry, finishing seventh.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:15.537 (1) 1:15.213 (2nd) 31+35 1:14.668 (2nd) 23 1:14.826 (2nd) 1:14.056 (2nd) 1:13.942 (3rd)
ROS 1:15.638 (2nd) 1:15.506 (3rd) 39+47 1:14.772 (3) 28 1:14.873 (3rd) 1:14.043 (1) 1:13.791 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 1-3 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 4-1 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton got the pole by narrow margin over Nico Rosberg. At the exit, Vettel ahead of the two and Rosberg fell back several positions, losing the duel with Hamilton in the braking.
  • Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel with the strategy of a stop. Nico Rosberg had a flat tire, brake problems, fuel consumption and a spin on the penultimate lap trying to overtake Max Verstappen.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:14.755 (1) 1:14.212 (1) 22+43 1:14.334 (5th) 19 1:14.121 (4th) 1:13.076 (1) 1:12.812 (1)
ROS 1:15.086 (2nd) 1:14.738 (3rd) 30+46 1:14.316 (3rd) 22 1:13.714 (1) 1:13.094 (2nd) 1:12.874 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 1-4 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 4-2 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton dominated the free practice sessions, but Nico Rosberg is recovered in the qualifying and got the pole. Hamilton hit the barriers in Q3 after an error and was unable to mark time.
  • In the race, both suffered a loss of power, but the German from the pole (fixed it in 2 turns) and the british in the middle of the group (it took twelve turns in to fix it), finishing fifth.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:46.435 (1) 1:44.223 (1) 23+33 1:44.352 (1) 17 1:44.259 (2nd) 1:43.526 (2nd) 2:01.954 (10th)
ROS 1:46.812 (2nd) 1:44.913 (2nd) 32+26 1:44.610 (2nd) 22 1:43.685 (1) 1:42.520 (1) 1:42.758 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 2-4 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 5-2 Hamilton


  • After an accident in free practice 3, Nico Rosberg he was punished with five places on the grid for replacement of the gearbox. Lewis Hamilton got the pole and led the race until the appearance of the safety car for the accident of Sebastian Vettel. As Lewis Hamilton had not stopped in the pits, Nico Rosberg was placed leader.
  • On the last lap, Hamilton tried to overtake on his team mate at Remus for the exterior, the German turned around, and both touched on, coming out victorious Hamilton, who won the race, being Rosberg fourth.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:07.730 (2nd) 1:07.986 (2nd) 33+19 1:07.308 (3rd) 20 1:06.947 (3rd) 1:06.228 (1) 1:07.922 (1)
ROS 1:07.373 (1) 1:07.967 (1) 36+25 1:10.959 (22nd) 16 1:06.516 (1) 1:06.443 (2nd) 1:08.465 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 2-5 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 5-3 Hamilton

Great Britain

  • Lewis Hamilton got the pole and the victory in a race with the rain that dominated pleasure. Nico Rosberg suffered while the track was wet, but recovered with the dry tires.
  • Nico Rosberg was sanctioned to receive assistance through the radio and that made him lose second place in favour of Max Verstappen.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:31.654 (1) 1:31.660 (1) 30+36 1:30.904 (1) 9 1:30.739 (2nd) 1:29.243 (1) 1:29.287 (1)
ROS 1:31.687 (2nd) 33 1:30.967 (2nd) 17 1:30.724 (1) 1:29.970 (2nd) 1:29.606 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 2-6 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 5-4 Hamilton


  • Nico Rosberg got the pole in a turn in which the other pilots lifted the foot in the area in which Fernando Alonso had suffered a spin.
  • Lewis Hamilton took the lead at the start of the race and got the win comfortably, while Nico Rosberg followed him closely.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:21.347 (1) 1:21.960 (5th) 34+4 1:20.769 (4th) 23 1:34.210 (2nd) 1:24.836 (10th) 1:20.108 (2nd)
ROS 1:21.584 (2nd) 1:20.435 (1) 34+45 1:20.261 (1) 25 1:33.302 (1) 1:22.806 (2nd) 1:19.965 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 3-6 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 5-5 Hamilton


  • Nico Rosberg was brilliant in qualifying, overcoming a electronic problem with the throttle and getting the pole position with the extra weight of fuel in the tank by not having the first attempt.
  • In the race, Nico Rosberg dropped to fourth place in the output, thus handing the victory on a platter to Lewis Hamilton. In addition to lost time on a bad stop and was penalised five seconds for his attack on Max Verstappen in the fork.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:15.843 (2nd) 1:16.008 (1) 30+36 1:15.795 (2nd) 19 1:15.243 (1) 1:14.748 (1) 1:14.470 (2nd)
ROS 1:15.517 (1) 1:15.614 (1) 32+43 1:15.738 (1) 16 1:15.485 (2nd) 1:14.839 (2nd) 1:14.363 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 4-6 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 5-6 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton came from the bottom of the grill by being forced to make a change of engine. Went well and with a strategy of three stops and a red flag, finished third.
  • Nico Rosberg dominated the race without opposition in a weekend in which his companion could not lay claim to the victory.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:49.078 (2nd) 1:49.782 (13) 25+33 1:48.635 (5th) 20 1:50.033 (21º)
ROS 1:48.348 (1) 1:49.161 (6th) 27+33 1:48.742 (7th) 19 1:48.019 (4th) 1:46.999 (1) 1:46.744 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 4-6 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 6-6 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton dominated the qualifying with half a second margin over his team-mate Nico Rosberg.
  • In the start of the race, went wrong and fell to sixth place, losing any option of face-planting to a Nico Rosberg who won with comfort.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:23.162 (2nd) 1:22.801 (1) 37+40 1:22.008 (1) 14 1:21.854 (1) 1:21.498 (1) 1:21.135 (1)
ROS 1:22.959 (1) 1:22.994 (2nd) 36+42 1:22.401 (2nd) 17 1:22.497 (2nd) 1:21.809 (2nd) 1:21.613 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 4-7 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 7-6 Hamilton


  • A hydraulic problem and with the suspension prevented him from Lewis Hamilton feel comfortable in the urban layout.
  • Nico Rosberg took advantage to dominate the entire weekend, while his companion suffered to be third with brake problems.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:46.426 (4th) 1:45.275 (7th) 24+10 1:45.806 (8th) 9 1:45.167 (4th) 1:43.471 (2nd) 1:43.288 (3rd)
ROS 1:46.513 (5th) 1:44.152 (1) 22+34 1:44.352 (1) 15 1:45.316 (8th) 1:43.020 (1) 1:42.584 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 5-7 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 8-6 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton dominated to pleasure the weekend, getting the pole by seven tenths on Nico Rosberg and lead the race until his engine blew up.
  • Nico Rosberg, that he had been beaten by Sebastian Vettel in the output, and subsequently sanctioned by another touch with Kimi Räikkönen, who finished third.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:35.721 (2nd) 1:34.944 (1) 25+35 1:34.434 (1) 16 1:34.444 (1) 1:33.046 (1) 1:32.850 (1)
ROS 1:35.227 (1) 1:35.177 (2nd) 25+36 1:35.053 (3rd) 16 1:34.460 (2nd) 1:33.609 (2nd) 1:33.264 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 5-8 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 8-6 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton had problems to feel comfortable with the set up of the car and, after going to trailer in each session, he lost the pole position with Nico Rosberg by a few thousandths.
  • At the start, Lewis Hamilton fell back six positions, rallying to finish third. Nico Rosberg, inherited the first place and monitored without pressure to Max Verstappen.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:32.646 (2nd) 1:32.322 (2nd) 21+35 1:33.284 (7th) 12 1:32.218 (4th) 1:31.129 (2nd) 1:30.660 (2nd)
ROS 1:32.431 (1) 1:32.250 (1) 24+35 1:32.092 (1) 14 1:31.858 (3rd) 1:30.714 (1) 1:30.647 (1)

Classification: Rosberg 6-8 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 9-6 Hamilton

united States

  • Lewis Hamilton dominated to pleasure the weekend, getting pole and the win while Nico Rosberg had to throw it out of strategy to beat Daniel Ricciardo.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:37.428 (1) 1:37.649 (3rd) 25+32 1:37.483 (4th) 12 1:36.296 (1) 1:36.450 (3rd) 1:34.999 (1)
ROS 1:37.743 (2nd) 1:37.358 (1) 27+33 1:37.784 (5th) 10 1:36.397 (2nd) 1:36.351 (2nd) 1:35.215 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 6-9 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 9-7 Hamilton


  • Nico Rosberg was very lost throughout the weekend, even have problems to hold the Red Bull. But, in its lap of Q3, reacted and managed to be placed in the first line next to Lewis Hamilton.
  • In the output, Lewis Hamilton is skipped the first turn, but maintained the lead. Nico Rosberg is played with Max Verstappen, but he was also able to rejoin the track in second. Rosberg continued to lack rhythm and started to control the Red Bull.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:20.914 (1) 1:19.794 (2nd) 34+37 1:1.231 (2nd) 23 1:19.447 (1) 1:19.137 (2nd) 1:18.704 (1)
ROS 1:21.673 (7th) 1:20.225 (3rd) 32+46 1:19.618 (4th) 27 1:19.996 (6th) 1:19.761 (5th) 1:18.958 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 6-10 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 9-8 Hamilton


  • Lewis Hamilton was first in all the sessions except the free 3. Also dominated clearly in a race on a wet in the Nico Rosberg retained second place thanks to the strategic mistake of Red Bull, who bet wrongly by the intermediates when the proper tires were the extreme wet.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:11.895 (1) 1:12.271 (1) 32+41 1:11.833 (2nd) 21 1:11.511 (1) 1:11.238 (1) 1:10.736 (1)
ROS 1:12.125 (3rd) 1:12.301 (2nd) 26+40 1:11.740 (1) 19 1:11.815 (2nd) 1:11.373 (2nd) 1:10.838 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 6-11 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 9-9 Hamilton

Abu Dhabi

  • Lewis Hamilton dominated to pleasure the classification and, in the race, his pace was unreachable. Slowed down to put in problems to Nico Rosberg, but the German made a great overtaking on Max Verstappen and held off Sebastian Vettel, the reigning champion.
Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:42.869 (1) 1:40.861 (1) 28+35 1:41.065 (4th) 14 1:39.487 (1) 1:39.382 (1) 1:38.755 (1)
ROS 1:43.243 (2nd) 1:40.940 (2nd) 31+37 1:41.168 (5th) 18 1:40.511 (5th) 1:39.490 (2nd) 1:39.058 (2nd)

Classification: Rosberg 6-12 Hamilton | Race Rosberg 9-10 Hamilton

Season of ups and downs

Both Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton have had Great Prizes dominant in those who have passed to his team-mate throughout the weekend. But while Nico got in the least occasions, it is true that your opponent served the last four races -in which Rosberg had a clear title options – to improve their statistics.

On several occasions, Lewis Hamilton was superior to its companion, but little details like the bad outputs are Australia, Bahrain or Italy is burdened in a similar way, as did the breakage of the motor of China, Russia and Malaysia.

however, Rosberg was also not exempt of problems, losing several positions in the output of Australia -a career that also won – and Germany -in which he finished third as a result of a sanction when he had recovered the second place-. In regard to breakdowns, the German also suffered, but only the prick -along with the brake problems and consumption – Canada influenced negatively in the outcome of the race.


Nico Rosberg was leading the championship for most of the year, losing such honor only in the Great Prize of Hungary, Germany, Belgium and Italy.

In regard to errors of piloting determinants, Hamilton only made one: which prevented him from getting a time in the Q3 of the Grand Prix of Europe after smashing his car through the touch of the protections. Rosberg, for his part, lost the possibility to be fourth in Canada to do a spin while attempting to overtake Verstappen on the penultimate lap. In Austria, his awkward defense of the lead over Hamilton in the last lap ended up leaving him off the podium. The German has been markedly more likely to be disciplined or to be involved in incidents with other riders, especially in the races prior to the summer break, in which Hamilton came to regain the lost ground in the standings and took the lead of the championship.

Lewis Hamilton has shown to be clearly faster than Nico Rosberg this season, dominating in qualifying and missing out on numerous points as a result of bad outputs, and failures that influenced in a decisive way in his race result.

In a season in which Hamilton has not shown, nor much less, your best face, Nico Rosberg has not been particularly consistent in its performance, but yes has managed to raise the level after the summer break and, unlike what happened in the first half of the year, take advantage of the weaknesses of your opponent to get to the last few races with a clear advantage. What would have happened if Mercedes had not had such a mechanical advantage? That is something that we will never know.

Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton
GP dominant 3 (RUS, BEL, SIN) 5 (GBR, USA, MEX, BRA, ABU)
Driving errors 2 (CAN, AUT) 1 (EUR)
Incidents 7 (ESP, AUT , GBR, GER, MAL, MEX 4 (BAH, CHI, ESP, AUT)
Breakdowns 1 (CAN) 4 (CHI, RUS, MON, EVIL)
Bad outputs 2 (AUS, GER) 4 (AUS, BAH, ITA, JAP)
Sanctions 4 (AUT, GBR, GER, EVIL) 1 (BEL)