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What happened when Nico Rosberg met Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese GP

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg never did have the best of relationships while driving together for Mercedes.

The pair spent four seasons there together, the first year of which was fairly tame as expectations for the team were not as high.

But, it was only when they found themselves in a superior car the following season that things took a turn for the worse.

Last season was the most heated of three tough years, with the teammates controversially crashing at Barcelona, and then again at Red Bull Ring in Austria.

This divide between the drivers possibly affected Rosberg the most, with the German retiring out of the blue following his first world championship win.

That victory was closely contested between himself and Hamilton, and was sealed during a famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, during which the Brit went against the orders of his team to try and slow Rosberg down to be overtaken and claim the Drivers’ Championship for himself.

In a further dig at Rosberg, Hamilton said at the start of the season that his relationship with new partner Valtteri Bottas was streaks ahead of any he’d had before.

“There are no games – there is complete transparency. I like that.

“I feel we already have a better working relationship than I ever did with any team mate I had before.”

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Not surprising considering none of his relationships with teammates have been particularly friendly.

In a new vlog for his YouTube channel titled: “One Night at the Japanese Grand Prix”, Nico Rosberg documents his night at the Grand Prix in Suzuka, something he says is a rare occurrence as he’s hardly been able to make it to any this season due to other commitments.

Around 1.23 into the video, Rosberg appears to be in the Mercedes team lounge, and informs the camera excitedly that Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has just walked in.

He goes over to have a chat, and simply brushes past former teammate Hamilton, who is apparently pretending his attention is elsewhere, on the way.

It’s plain to see that the pair haven’t gotten any closer since Rosberg’s retirement – not that anyone expected them to.

In a twist, however, when asked how he got in, Team GB athlete Farah revealed it was Hamilton who invited him to the event.

Rosberg didn’t seem fazed, however, and joked that Hamilton “somehow managed to get you a back door.”

The Mercedes official with Farah then quipped: “Yeah, we had to pull a few strings, it was pretty hard.”

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