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Is Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg the new Senna v Prost?

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Lewis Hamilton's ongoing clashes with 'team-mate' Nico Rosberg has caused bitter tension within the Mercedes garage, drawing similarities to the rivalry of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, during their time at McLaren. 

Rosberg's shunt on the former World Champion caused Hamilton to state the German's actions were 'deliberate,' after consulting with the Championship Leader during a team debrief after Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.


Prost v Senna is arguably in the top ten sporting rivalries in the world. A contest that gripped the motor racing world, and was only ended in tragic circumstances.

In the 116 times they raced the Frenchman finished ahead of Senna 54 times, with Senna ahead of his bitter rival 50 times. Prost also won four championships, to the Brazilian's three.

Now, the battle between Nico and Lewis certainly doesn't have that magnitude, but with the words being exchanged and the confusion surrounding Toto Wolff and his stand point, makes for compelling viewing over the next seven races.


Hamilton claimed, after the race at Spa-Francorchamps, that Rosberg's moves were deliberate, which was ably backed up by Mercedes Executive Director, Wolff. Suddenly, a day later, the Austrian denied Hamilton's claims and made a U-turn on his words, claiming it was never said in the debrief.

Later on, Rosberg finally put his word out and denied, by all accounts, that his actions were of a deliberate manner, leaving Lewis a little red in the face. 

The whirlwind will continue, and the Mercedes garage might be a little awkward over the next few months, but it makes for great TV. 

Next up for the rivals, and everybody else that still partakes in Formula 1, is the Italian Grand Prix. With speeds of up to 200mph being reached, lets hope neither Lewis or Nico do anything completely stupid.

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