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If Only Lewis Hamilton Was Nico Rosberg…

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What began as a simple comment in reply to someone – the author, as well – at f1fanatic.co.uk became something much more. The myriad contrivances used to explain away Lewis Hamilton’s internal combustion engine blow up in Malaysia, when AMG Mercedes themselves can find no reason for the failure, is bewildering. What can only be described as “best guess opinions” concerning Hamilton’s engine are being passed off as facts.

However, there are a set of facts and events relative to AMG Mercedes F1 led by Team Principal, Toto Wolff, and de facto Mercedes F1 Chairman, Niki Lauda, that are factual. They are likely to be dismissed by the very people who believe the sound of their own voices — and the nonsense that utters forth from them.

So be it.

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Lets get to brass tacks here.

The most baldly obvious sign that all is not what it seems at AMG Mercedes F1 stems from —— The Panama Papers. Some 200,000 offshore accounts were revealed to a select group of journalists. The primary law firm in Panama used to hide trillions of dollars is, Mossack Fonseca.

While many of the names released were those of well-known global politicians and entities with well-known corporate ties, one name popped up that is of interest to 2016 Formula One: Nico Rosberg. It turns out his previous F1 contract with Mercedes was drawn up signed and hidden in Panama, all with the aid of the Mossack Fonseca firm.

There are a basic set of questions then, that beg to be asked. Unfortunately, the journalists who cover he sport of Formula One racing have not come close to asking. The so-called independent, blog-style websites with their writes who also closely follow the sport with many who are fed information by team members have also been derelict in probing Wolff, Lauda, or Rosberg concerning his secret contract.

So, let us ask for them…

If everything is on the up-and-up with Mercedes this season why was Nico Rosberg’s previous contract drawn up, signed, and kept in an offshore bank best known for storing illegal contracts associated with secret deals, and money laundering? It cannot be taxes because every resident pay’s 19.4% sales tax on items purchased in Monaco, other than those who own businesses there and can prove 75% or more of their business income is generated in Monaco?

If everything was on the up-and-up why would Toto Wolff take the unprecedented maneuver to switch Nico Rosberg’s garage crew members with those of Lewis Hamilton? Drivers in successful garages relative to their car’s capabilities, go to great lengths to cultivate and maintain close relationships with their crew members.

Why, if Lewis Hamilton is Mercedes so-called “cash cow” or “primary corporate face” as he’s been called by many in F1 media, would Wolff severely hamper his alleged main charge’s chances of winning a third WDC in a row with such a disruption?

The better questions, though, are for the media.

Wolff overtly admitted a negative, defeatist attitude had permeated Rosberg’s side of the garage. Wolff went on to say he was concerned with the psyches of these people and wanted to give them a positive experience, so he switched them to Lewis Hamilton’s side. Conversely Wolff mentioned that Hamilton’s crew members could aid Nico Rosberg in maintaining a positive attitude throughout the long Formula One season and give him a better chance at winning a driving championship in 2016.

Why has the media failed to take Toto Wolff to task for his switch? Why has no one in the media surmised that Wolff’s move was and is so utterly specious, that it, in effect, forces Hamilton be responsible for bolstering the attitudes of these former Rosberg mechanics s he is attempting to forge a relationship with them that is in line with his inner strength, while at the same time trying to perform his job which is to compete at the upper echelon in one of sport’s toughest and most ruthless environments?

In retrospect, the move has been a detriment to Hamilton’s pursuit of a Formula One World Driving Championship. With all of the alleged mysterious car-related issues occurring on Hamilton’s side of the garage, what does anyone think the default attitude is for what are were Nico Rosberg’s mechanics? How much does this, losing once again, environment result in micro-errors that manifest themselves on-track, compromising Hamilton’s car’s performance and his 2016 season?

Further, how is it possible Toto Wolff has never mentioned the peril in which he has placed Lewis Hamilton relative to his garage crew switch? How is it at all possible that not one writer in the entirety of Formula One accredited media and in the world of F1 blogs has asked Wolff, if, relative to the season as it stands, does he see his grand garage switching experiment as a total failure and also see the folly of this maneuver?

And in the hyper-opinionated world of Formula One journalism, how is it at all possible that not one so-called journalist has failed to call out Wolff and flat out stated that the garage switch has acted to compromise Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 quest for a third straight World Driving Championship?

More questions: Why would Niki Lauda make multiple trips to Nico Rosberg’s home to boost the driver’s psyche during the F1 season break just when it appeared Rosberg had completely lost his grip on the WDC? No other team would ever consider doing such a thing for a driver. Yet here is Mercedes taking yet another in a line of unprecedented steps to provide Nico Rosberg with every possible advantage over his teammate, Lewis Hamilton.

How is it possible that, out of the break, Hamilton suddenly has incurred mystery failures that hamper his races? This is not some lowly back-marker team but the best team on the F1 grid with with eight power units in cars on the grid per race, 46 PUs in total. How is it possible the power units in one car and one car only fail?

This is not a roll of the dice, this is not gambling with a mishmash of disparate car parts thrown together in the hope of having a running engine; this is mechanical engineering at its highest level. In the world of mechanical engineering we have ample examples from the world’s auto companies concerning what happens with failed designs or aberrant parts.

If there is an issue with one engine, the great likelihood is that ALL the power units have the same problem. This is why auto companies have recalls, sometime on hundreds of thousands of cars and engines they produce for the public. The errors made with one engine are repeated errors, not singular errors. As some F1 pundits have claimed, perhaps the problem is with a supplier’s part or parts. If true, the chance of the same part-making error arising in each of the 46 power units is far greater than it is for the error to be isolated to one part of a power unit, or in this case, one part of an internal combustion engine within a power unit.

How is it possible the three races with Hamilton having radio communications where he has aired clutch problems during the race, that neither Nico Rosberg, nor Paddy Lowe, nor Toto Wolff ever mentioned those problems —- until after Rosberg won the race and after Hamilton mentioned the issues again in post-race interviews? And what happened recently at Singapore when Rosberg, pre-race said something about a clutch issue? Toto Wolff responded and was shown – caught – immediately after talking with Rosberg —- laughing? Yet at race’s start Hamilton’s clutch fails him just 50 yards yards down the track while Rosberg has smooth sailing from the start throughout the race. How is it possible that, in three recent races, Hamilton led all cars throughout FP1 and 2 until his car was mysteriously not functioning correctly – “set-up issues,” in each of the three — on Saturday morning?

Why would a longtime, well-known F1 media member write a commentary titled, “Destiny,” and state that no driver has ever lost a WDC while winning eight races, which, he said, means Nico Rosberg is destined to be the 2016 WDC?… with SIX races remaining on the schedule and with his main rival having won SIX races?

Entering the Malaysian GP Hamilton was but eight points behind Rosberg despite have some sort of car issues in nine of 15 races. The six in which Hamilton was relatively issue free, he won.

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Even with all the aforementioned issues and media failures now laid on the table, there is still one more important piece exculpatory evidence favoring the thought that Lewis Hamilton could well be being placed in a set of circumstances that make his winning a third F1 World Driving Championship as close to insurmountable as possible.

Formula One teams are notorious for letting drivers know, in no uncertain terms, that they are hired hands, it is the brand behind the team that is king. At one point early in the 2016 F1 campaign Nico Rosberg and Toto Wolff were deep into contract negotiations. Wolff, frustrated with Rosberg’s demands, publicly announced that Rosberg had three weeks to settle the negotiations before Wolff began to consider, “our (Mercedes’) options.”

Initially, the F1 press hopped all over Wolff’s statement. There were whispers that a Rosberg-Mercedes split was possible. Three weeks came and went. Suddenly the F1 press went silent other than what appeared to be press Mercedes releases where someone from the team was indicating that negotiations were on going.

Several weeks later, Mercedes announced the contract was done.

However, between Wolff’s time limit declarations and the contract signing, it was apparent all was not well between the parties of Rosberg and Wolff-Mercedes. In fact, Rosberg enlisted the aid of a family friend and former F1 driver, Gerhard Berger, to negotiate in his stead.

Rather than quietly work to get the deal done for his client, Rosberg, Berger went on the offensive… and attacked Lewis Hamilton. To the German newspaper, Bild, Gerhard said of Hamilton, “When you hear how many times he [Hamilton] jets between America and Europe between races, and think of the effort and energy that 1,000 people put into a race weekend, it is important that they have the perfect balance in the team.

“In Rosberg, they have an equally good driver from the sporting point of view and also highly reliable.”

In the sometimes contentious atmosphere of contract negotiations to attempt to juxtapose a client versus another person’s alleged morality is a no-no. In this regard, Berger’s statements far more often than not become deal breakers.

Not so for Toto Wolff as spokesperson for AMG Mercedes F1. In fact, neither Wolff nor longtime Berger F1 buddy and Mercedes F1 “chairman,” Niki Lauda uttered a word in dispute of Berger’s comments. There were no very public defenses of Lewis Hamilton’s reputation or statements of Hamilton’s worth to the team; no telling any journalist who would listen that Berger’s comments were so out of line that unless he apologized they could damage the negotiations.

In fact, for Hamilton, Wolff and Lauda’s silence was tantamount to telling the world of Formula One that their two-time WDC was no longer welcome on the team. Had Hamilton, shortly after the Rosberg negotiations completed, announced he was leaving Mercedes, no one could legitimately blame him for doing so.

As for the press? Nothing. There were no articles or commentaries questioning the motive of all involved in the contracts, no putting Wolff’s feet to the fire for his failing to utter one word in defense of Lewis Hamilton.

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Today, we know the story of James Hunt’s “miraculous” 1976 Formula One World Driving Championship is a lie. We know history has been rewritten to give the public the impression Niki Lauda was in each race and Hunt did not have six weeks to accrue points unencumbered from the burden of dealing with Lauda.

Yes, in the telling, Lauda’s accident is always mentioned. But the end of the story is NEVER, James Hunt was gifted the 1976 WDC, and even with his chief rival missing six weeks of the season due to a near-fatal accident and returning to his car with injuries that would have sidelined other drivers from the remainder of the 1976 season and with his chief rival refusing to participate in the season’s final race, the deluge that was the Japanese Grand Prix, James Hunt still nearly lost to Niki Lauda.

Should Nico Rosberg go on to win the 2016 WDC how far will the F1 media and assorted bloggers who have been gifted viable voices within the general F1 media landscape go to make it seem as if Rosberg overcame insurmountable odds to win over his teammate and so-called chief rival – a “chief rival” who Rosberg, after being passed by Hamilton and losing a bitterly-contested 2015 China GP whinged, “It’s just like when we were teens?”

Should Nico Rosberg go on to win the 2016 WDC will Sky F1 media, produce a sham of a “mini-doc” selectively “detailing” Rosberg’s 2016 season? In it will they begin to cement forever the notion that Hamilton’s ill fortunes were merely the whims of “the F1 gods.”

Will they also insinuate that Hamilton’s “lifestyle” caught up with him? Will they enlist the aid of Sir Jackie Stewart who already claims Hamilton is more concerned with jet-setting around the globe, pursuing a bigger party rather than pushing a driving championship. Will Sky use Stirling Moss to remind English and European viewers, referencing Hamilton, about the way, “‘We’re’ more reserved,” and how Hamilton goes about his life not in the manner in which “‘we English’ do,” implicitly implying that Lewis Hamilton isn’t “really” British?

Will erstwhile and venerated Formula One journalists pick up the baton from Sky and rerun their stories about Hamilton at a festival in a far-flung land not called England or Europe, being seen and photographed in the presence of Rhianna? Will they pull out Daniel Ricciardo’s “hater” tweet “calling bs” of Lewis Hamilton when Hamilton was photographed working out while on vacation?

The F1 press has already proven it won’t take the ever-smiling Ricciardo to task for deciding he was in good enough shape not to work out at all. Instead, Ricciardo and his “mates” decided taking a frat boy, spring break-type road trip across America to Los Angeles. Notice how no one called out Ricciardo for his dangerous journey, as the chances of him finding himself in a career-ending or fatal accident are far greater than all of Lewis Hamilton’s air flights during the break. And no one will call out the fact that Ricciardo made it fairly clear that he and his buddies were drinking alcohol at a fairly consistent rate throughout the trip.

Additionally, was it this Ricciardo trip and infidelities on it that led to Ricciardo’s breakup with longtime girlfriend Jemma Boskovitch? Where are all the headlines reading, “Has the F1 Lifestyle Gone to Daniel Ricciardo’s Head?” Alas, they are nowhere to be found.

It’s far more important to look in every cranny for someone saying something negative about Lewis Hamilton than to report anything salacious about a driver who, outside of Hamilton and Rosberg is the closest to them in points and is being hailed as an upper echelon Formula One racer destined to win a WDC in an upcoming season.

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To end, unless the mysterious internal combustion problems spread to Nico Rosberg’s car, unless his clutch actually does fail him causing him to leave a race unfinished while Lewis Hamilton wins, or unless Hamilton sweeps the remaining five races with Rosberg coming in second, Nico Rosberg will win the 2016 F1 World Driving Championship.

Toto Wolff will be saluted by the F1 press as the man who presides over two WDC-winning drivers wile winning three World Constructor’s Championship titles in a row. Wolff can tell a fawning slew of journalists that, beginning with the garage crew switch, most of his planned moves worked to win Rosberg the WDC crown. Wolff can bemoan Lewis Hamilton’s bad luck and vow to set things straight with Hamilton ——— next year. The lapdog F1 media will duly report Toto’s musings and begin with their winter-long assailing of Hamilton while opining about whether or no the new regulations set to take effect in 2017 will result in the end of Mercedes’ reign as the best F1 team. On we go. Nothing to see her except what we tell you to see; move along.

Nico Rosberg will enjoy the victor’s spoils. Everywhere he and his family travel they will be photographed, smiling and overjoyed. Rosberg’s value as an endorser will rise exponentially. Hell, Rosberg might even find it in his heart to start a charity in his name so as to posit himself in the eyes of the public as a thoughtful philanthropist.

Meantime, Lewis Hamilton will likely be left to mull over and over his team’s myriad shortcomings, the many team decisions that resulted in his losing his WDC title, and be left to think long and hard about how to deal with team management members who showed themselves in 2016 to definitely not have his best interests in mind.

I, for one, cannot wait for the chapter, “The Mercedes Years,” in the book Lewis Hamilton promises to write once his career is done.


Addendum…

After the writing of this article this author contacted, by phone, two fellow “Deep State” researchers and embarked on a conversation in which we speculated about why Nico Rosberg was, in 2010 (his 2014 contract was made public, valued at $75 million over there years, so we surmised the Panama Papers contract was his initial dealing with AMG Mercedes), compelled to have a contract drawn up and signed in secret in a country best known for housing contracts in which certain elements of said contracts are to be expressly kept from prying eyes.

Our conversation led to the following possible scenario: 1. Lewis Hamilton signed a contract with Mercedes worth somewhere between $140 and $155 million and Rosberg, because of his perceived worth to the development of Mercedes from 2010 to 2014, wanted money that would equal or surpass Hamilton’s contract; 2. as a result, Toto Wolff arranged a deal where Rosberg became a shareholder in AMG Mercedes – NOT the F1 team, but the company; 3. because certain “valued” shareholders receive added bonuses Rosberg negotiated for a bonus as a valued shareholder that would enable him to garner far more than Lewis Hamilton ever could earn from a driver contract with Mercedes, or any other team for that matter.

In this way Nico Rosberg, forever runner-up to the teen and now man he considers his “chief rival,” Lewis Hamilton, will always know in his heart that, no matter the outcomes on track, he will have one-upped his primary foe in the world Rosberg, ultimately, values most — the world of finance.

 

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October 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm

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