After being teammates for three years, Nico Rosberg finally beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton to win his first driver’s title in 2016. He developed a tense rivalry during their time with Mercedes, Rosberg, and Lewis Hamilton. However, in a recent interview, the German stated that he does not have a replica WDC trophy in his cabinet.
Rosberg explained how after Lewis Hamilton won the title in 2017, his trophy was taken from him and delivered to his former rival in a car. “You have to give the World Championship back!” He said while serving punditry duties with Sky. “You only get to keep it for a year. I had to give it to Lewis,” continued Rosberg.
He also explained how his trophy was taken from him, put in a car boot, and delivered to his former rival. “No, I had someone pick it up from my house, put it in a boot and drive it to Lewis’ home. That was not cool!” Said the German. After winning his first driver’s title, Rosberg announced his retirement. Lewis Hamilton went on to win three more championships after 2017.
Is Mercedes’ current car preventing a repeat of 2016?
For most of the last decade, Mercedes dominated Formula One. The Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry was the most prevalent during the 2016 season. With the car capable enough for victories, both teammates often fought each other for the lead. This led to the formation of a bitter relationship between the two.
In current times, however, the Mercedes W14 is not competitive enough. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton quickly hosed down any bad blood between them after their collision during the Spanish GP weekend. The relationship between the two Brits has been harmonious since their partnership in 2022. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton quickly hosed down any bad blood between them after their collision during the Spanish GP weekend. However, is that because the car is not as competitive as the Hamilton-Rosberg days?
After the W14’s upgrade, Hamilton and George Russel both have improved in performance. As Mercedes continues its push to bring the team back to winning ways can there be another rivalry brewing at the Silver Arrows? After finishing in 4th and 5th place in Monaco and a double podium in Barcelona, things are looking good for the Brackley team.
Justin P Joy is a NASCAR and Formula 1 writer at FirstSportz. He has been a content writer for more than a year and has written over 1200 articles for the organization. Justin is a sports enthusiast who loves every sport where body and mind matter. A huge motorsports fan, his love for racing started when he discovered Moto GP at the age of 10. That love later guided him into the world of Formula 1. He fell in love with NASCAR after seeing Tom Cruise’s “Days of Thunder” and has been an avid follower of the sport since. Now 22, He has the same passion for the sport and aims to share the love with the masses.
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