Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton questioning Mercedes future?

Hamilton believes he can no longer trust Rosberg on the racetrack (©GettyImages)
Hamilton believes he can no longer trust Rosberg on the racetrack (©GettyImages).

The dust is still settling in a divided Mercedes camp, after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's championship battle took a dramatic twist at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The pair made contact on lap two at Spa-Francorchamps as Rosberg looked to make a move around the outside of his Mercedes team-mate at Les Combes. The incident gave Hamilton's car a puncture and the time lost allied to the damage caused on the lap back to the pits would ultimately lead him to retire.

Rosberg went on to finish second to Daniel Ricciardo in the race and increased his championship lead to 29 points over Hamilton, equalling the highest the gap has been between the two drivers all season.

Mistrust

Reaction to the incident has seen Hamilton suggest Rosberg admitted he allowed the incident to happen, insinuating his team-mate caused the clash deliberately. Though Mercedes commercial director Toto Wolff has rubbished that claim he did concede the German had kept his line through the corner to "prove a point".

Now though, as the fallout continues, Hamilton has questioned whether he can trust his team-mate the next time the pair inevitably go wheel-to-wheel again.

"When you're out there you have to trust people to think with their heads and not do things deliberately," he told Autosport.

"But after that meeting I don't really know how to approach the next race."

Lingering anger

Hamilton would then reveal his belief that the Spa clash could be linked to the team orders controversy from Hungary, where Lewis ignored a team instruction to allow his team-mate past, a moment Hamilton says, Rosberg was still angry about.

"It's interesting because we had that meeting on Thursday and Nico expressed how angry he was [about Hungary]. I was thinking 'It's been three weeks and you've been lingering?!'

"He expressed how angry he was, and he literally sat there and said how angry he was at Toto and Paddy.

"But I thought we should be good after that, and then this result? It's interesting."

Mercedes meltdown?

Certainly the impact of the incident at Spa will be felt likely for the remainder of the season. With Hamilton questioning the trust of his team-mate and now quite some way behind his main title rival, the thought of Mercedes keeping a lid on its drivers now seems somewhat preposterous. 

For the team bosses it really is the worst case scenario as they had hoped to allow their drivers to race freely without it turning into a dogfight, but with this 'declaration of war' as some are calling it the thought of doing anything 'for the good of the team' will go completely out the window.

Hamilton's Mercedes future in doubt?

Now, with Rosberg as the favourite to claim a maiden title, some are questioning whether Lewis Hamilton can stay at Mercedes beyond this season.

With having only one more year on his contract, and Rosberg already signed to a longer term deal, could Hamilton co-exist alongside a man who maybe would be considered the 'number one' at the team?

Certainly if the dissension continues then one very interested party would be McLaren. Set to miss out on their prime candidate as Fernando Alonso was confirmed at Ferrari for 2015.

The Woking team, set to enter a new era with Honda from next year, would therefore potentially be a common sense decision for Hamilton who of course grew up with the team and raced for them from 2007-2012.

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