During the 2013-2016 seasons, Mercedes had a formidable pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the track. With great heights that the franchise achieved, this particular pairing was stormy. Both Hamilton and Rosberg pushed each other to give out the best and get on top of the other. Rosberg somehow got the better of Hamilton, winning the 2016 Title and retired on a high note.
The team management including Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda had a tough time managing the pair. Hamilton went onto win 2014 and 2015’s Title in comfortable fashion. Having said that, written by an ex-Mercedes race strategist with a verified strategist badge, excerpts from a featured Reddit post talks about the classic Rosberg-Hamilton rivalry.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Roseberg’s ‘childish’ relationship
The ex-Mercedes race strategist stated, “They (and probably most F1 drivers) are a very special, curious breed of people. They’ve grown up with teams of people around them doing everything to help them win and get to the top.”
It is interesting to note that the pair reportedly shared a great friendship growing up in junior karting levels. After they entered the realm of Formula 1, the relationship soured into a bitter rivalry over time.
The strategist continued, “Nico and Lewis didn’t seem to like the fact there even was another driver in the team so they avoided coming to the factory on the same day if at all possible. They would even avoid mentioning each other and would talk about “the other car” or “the other guy” if they had to.
“When they were in the same room, the interactions were just quite childish. Like one of them being overly disgusted if the other sneezed or smirking if the other complained about something in the car they have no issue with.”