Nico Rosberg believes Formula One has been the perfect learning experience for his next endeavour as a tech entrepreneur - although his comment about being at the top of Mercedes may irk a certain someone.
The Hamilton/Rosberg 'feud' doesn't exactly need much spark for a reaction, with Hamilton, in particular, happy to comment seemingly at random. Speaking after winning his latest title, for instance, the Brit proceeded to mention his former teammate out of nowhere.
“Each year, I could do the easy thing like Nico did and retreat with these four titles but I think there’s more in me," Hamilton said - even if Rosberg did congratulate him on the win.
Rosberg almost certainly didn't mean anything by his comment that he was at the top of Mercedes for seven years - he won the Championship after all and was undoubtedly involved at the top level - but then it really doesn't seem to take much to get the fire going between the two.
"I’ve never been a CEO, but I've been at the top of an F1 team for seven years, and I was part of the leadership that won the World Championship", said Rosberg. The 2016 F1 Champion was talking to Wired about his future after motorsport - and he doesn't seem to be suffering from withdrawal at all.
"Now, it's a total change. I’d had 21 years of racing, of dedicating my life to it. For me, this was the perfect thing to do - to walk out on an absolute high, having achieved everything I set out to. It just feels right.
"Before, the F1 calendar was my boss, but now I'm my own boss. That makes a big difference.
"It's a good feeling. It's exciting and I feel very much alive. I’m looking at going to university and recently visited Stanford. I'd like to study short courses in the leadership and entrepreneurship area.
"I’ve never been a CEO, but I've been at the top of an F1 team for seven years, and I was part of the leadership that won the World Championship.
"I picked up so much during those years, so I have a good understanding of what it takes."
It is unlikely Hamilton will be too impressed at Rosberg's latest sly jibe but has bigger things to focus on this weekend.
After crashing out of qualifying on the first lap, the recently crowned world champion will start Sunday's Brazilian GP from the back of the grid, while Valtteri Bottas is on pole.
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