Nico Rosberg described Sebastian Vettel’s performance in Monza as “unexplainable” and believes Charles Leclerc took Ferrari’s No.1 status.
Vettel earned himself a ten-second stop/go penalty after spinning in clear air at the Ascari chicane during lap six of the Italian GP, before returning to the track in front of Lance Stroll and causing front wing damage for them both.
The four-time World Champion would finish P13 and was handed three more points for his superlicence, while team-mate Charles Leclerc stormed his way to victory in front of the Tifosi.
And now 2016 World Champion Rosberg, who is never shy to give his opinion, believes Leclerc has become an “absolute Ferrari legend” and made Vettel the clear number two driver.
“It’s unexplainable to me,” Rosberg said whilst on Sky Sports F1 duties.
“I can’t explain it. He’s a four-time World Champion, one of the best guys out there. To make a mistake like that, on your own, spinning the car like that on the corner…it’s so strange.Rosberg
“Then coming back on the track like that afterwards…I mean I understand because you’re not just going to sit there and wait for the whole train to go by…but my goodness, this moment must be so dark for him.
“His team-mate just became an absolute Ferrari legend and has probably just taken No.1 status in the team from him. Vettel must be rock bottom.”
Rosberg did though praise Vettel’s mental strength and warned everyone not to write him off yet.
“Vettel is one of those guys with a lot of self-confidence so that will help him a lot through this,” he explained.
“In F1, it is so short-lived, it just takes one race and you’re back, so we should not write him off.”