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Nico Rosberg

Rosberg counters Wolff's Verstappen jibe

The 2016 champion insists records are important after Toto Wolff's 'Wikipedia' claims about Max Verstappen.

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Nico Rosberg believes Toto Wolff was "not as gracious" as he could have been when the Mercedes boss gave his 'Wikipedia' jibe about Max Verstappen.

Reacting to Verstappen's record-breaking 10th win in a row after the Italian Grand Prix, Wolff claimed that nobody cared about such records which were for Wikipedia only.

Verstappen himself has previously stated he is not a fan of chasing records and just wants to do the best he can at each race, but 2016 champion Rosberg feels the soon-to-be three-time World Champion also cares, as evidenced by an act when he got out of the Red Bull in parc ferme at Monza.

Rosberg reacts to Wolff

"We all care about records, and we think a lot about records," Rosberg told the Sky Sports F1 podcast.

"So even Max who always says: 'No, I don't care about [winning] 10 races,' what does he do when he get out of the car?

"He puts both of his hands up and points to the world that it is 10 wins in a row, and just before he's been saying: 'Oh, no, I don't care about 10 wins. I just want to do a good race weekend.'

"Even Max cares about records.

"Toto got in a moment where he was not too happy about his own race team's performance because they finished fifth and sixth.

"Finishing fifth and sixth miles behind Ferrari and Red Bull is not really the goal, so I think he was just a bit down, and that made his answer a bit darker and not quite as gracious as he perhaps normally would be.

"Because I think the right answer would have been: 'Hats off and respect to Max and Red Bull for this achievement.'"

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