Lewis Hamilton’s old rival Nico Rosberg brands him ‘SOFT’ for being passed by title rival Max Verstappen to lose the French Grand Prix on penultimate lap, claiming it was ‘unusual’ for the seven-time world champion to not to ‘close the damn door’

NicoĀ Rosberg has accused Lewis Hamilton of being ‘soft’ in losing the lead during Sunday’s French Grand Prix. Rosberg, the 2016 world champion, was reflecting on how his one-time title adversary ceded ground to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the penultimate lap, saying: ‘Unusual from Lewis. Hamilton, who finished second, responded to his one-time friend’s remarks on Sky Sports, saying: ‘Firstly, there are marbles on the inside of the track so I didn’t want to make my tyres worse than they were. Hamilton, who fell victim to a two strategic errors by his Mercedes team, argued that they should have pitted twice, like Verstappen, rather than once. Hamilton’s team-mate Bottas, who finished fourth, was more strident over the radio, saying: ‘Why the f*** did nobody listen to me when I said it was going to be a two-stop race.

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