The Key To Nico Rosberg's Winning Season - Responsibility
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
The first F1 race in Baku, Azerbaijan, has proved to be a terrific test for the drivers and has revealed the differing approaches of the top two. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both drive for the Petronas Mercedes team and because they have the same equipment, they often have same problems and this is exactly what happened in the race.
With the new rules in F1 now, any problems with your car during the race need to be solved by you without help from your team. Lewis Hamilton struggled with problems and got frustrated with his engineers as you can hear in this audio from BBC Radio 5. Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, was able to take responsibility for the problem and fix his car. The old adage in F1 may sound obvious but; "To finish first in a race, you must first finish!"
Nico Rosberg did this and as a result won the race in Baku, his fifth this year to his team mate's two. Last year, the form was reversed with Lewis Hamilton winning and Nico Rosberg struggling. To explain Mr Rosberg's change in fortunes we can look to his ability to handle mistakes and not blame anyone else when things go wrong - the principle of responsibility. This quote from BBC Sport explains more:
"Rosberg knows how good Hamilton is, knows that more often than not his team-mate will be quicker. So his approach is to concentrate only on himself, do what works for him, play the percentages and see what transpires.
"The best way for me to win races is to focus on the weekend," Rosberg said. "That's what I did here.
"I didn't feel bad because of losing so many points advantage to Lewis. If I do that I am not going to be able to win here in such a manner. I like to take it race by race and try to get the job done, focus and it worked out well."
When we focus on what is in our control and stop worrying about what other people are doing, then we can take control of our lives. By taking responsibility for our actions and not blaming people or situations for our own performance, we are using a fundamental principle of success - responsibility! This is what legends are able to do and is a key component of what makes them a legend.
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