Lewis Hamilton’s verbal sparring with Nico Rosberg: “I can’t live with the fact that I’m faster.”
LEWIS HAMILTON reignited his spat with former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by claiming that the German “couldn’t deal with the fact” that the British driver was “quicker.”
After last week’s Styrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning a record eighth world championship appear to be in jeopardy. Max Verstappen of Red Bull won yet another race, giving him an 18-point lead in the drivers’ standings heading into today’s Austrian Grand Prix. After years of dominance, this might be Hamilton’s first meaningful title challenge since 2016, when his then-teammate Nico Rosberg won the championship. Hamilton and Rosberg have one of the most severe teammate rivalries in Formula One, battling on several occasions.
Hamilton looked to try to reignite his feud with Rosberg in 2018, while praising his current teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas had led the Azerbaijan Grand Prix the previous year, but was forced to retire just two laps from the finish line.
After the race, while applauding Bottas, he seemed to infer that Rosberg “couldn’t deal with the fact” that he was “quicker.”
“The beautiful thing about Valtteri compared to the rest is that he doesn’t blame the car,” Hamilton remarked.
“If I win, he’ll tell me I did a better job. If I win, I look in the mirror and tell myself that he did a better job.
“That is something that no other driver does. Many other drivers couldn’t handle the idea that I’m faster.
“That’s why we get along the way we do and how well we get along.”
Hamilton also revealed some of his former teammates’ strategies for gaining an advantage over him.
“Some drivers try to convince the team to give them an edge, such as faster pit stops,” he continued.
“I overhear some drivers asking reporters, ‘How do I get inside Lewis’ head?’”
The rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg lasted years and created many dramatic moments.
Rosberg was given a tight team instruction to stay behind Hamilton in Malaysia in 2013, but the German was not happy.
Then there was the 2014 race in Bahrain, where it was later revealed that Rosberg had violated team orders to stay ahead of Hamilton.
When Hamilton won the title early in the 2015 US Grand Prix, Rosberg famously flung his baseball cap into the crowd. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”