It was one of the biggest feuds in modern Formula One racing.
The Mercedes teammates were not like brothers when they raced together, but more like bitter rivals as they fought it out for supremacy over a period of three years – Mercedes won 51 of the 59 major races in that period.
There were spats, sabotages, and tantrums throughout their turbulent time together before Rosberg’s retirement last year, in which he bowed out as world champion.
But, it seems the feud has not been put to bed yet as Lewis Hamilton has given a blunt statement to reporters about his former teammate.
When asked his views about Nico Rosberg, he merely replied: “Nothing.”
Hamilton wished Rosberg well, but couldn’t resist adding a little dig in afterwards.
“Last year I lost the title, but I beat him on the number of wins.”
However, you can’t really blame Lewis Hamilton after Nico Rosberg said last year: “To take the world championship away from him is a phenomenal feeling.”
Respect, but no love loss.
It’s clear that the two never enjoyed being in each other’s company since Lewis Hamilton joined the Mercedes team in 2013 from McLaren. And it’s true of many sports that sometimes stars can’t stand their teammate, but still have respect for their ambitions and accolades.
It’s all about egos and pride.
Just looking back at the two over their time together shows you they never could work together in harmony.
It can probably be traced back to the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix when Nico Rosberg was told by the Mercedes team to hold behind Hamilton in fourth place – something Rosberg did begrudgingly.
The ‘new kid on the team’ effect put Rosberg’s nose out of joint and from then on incidents blew up between the two.
At the 2014 Bahrain GP, the two drove wheel-to-wheel and almost collided on a number of occasions as Hamilton fought off his teammate to claim the victory. Rosberg was heard telling the team that Hamilton cut across him.
Following the US Grand Prix in 2015, Nico Rosberg threw a cap at Hamilton showing obvious signs of anger at losing out.
Last year, they collided in the Spanish GP in which both parties were at fault and then again at the Austrian Grand Prix when Hamilton tried to go around the outside of Rosberg but caught his vehicle, forcing him off the track.
It’s not hard to see why they were rivals really, and why the two barely spoke towards the end of their career together.
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