It is safe to say that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are not BFF’s, not anymore at least. The two were once close friends as they rose through the Junior ranks but after their time at Mercedes together their relationship soured. Hamilton is one of those rare drivers that scratch and claw his way for every tenth of a second. When Rosberg in turn would try to respond in kind. The back and forth took its toll on the pair, eventually resulting in the icy relationship we saw last season.
Rosberg was afforded every opportunity to make it to Formula 1. The son of a World Champion afforded him opportunities that others did not receive. Contrary to Nico Lewis was not raised in a wealthy family he had to work hard for every opportunity he received. This is in no way an indictment on Nico. Just a commentary on how ones perspective differs coming from privilege. You see it in their personalities, Nico is more reserved while Lewis is more boisterous.
This difference in personality can be seen in their driving styles. Lewis is far more aggressive as befitting the kid who still worships at the altar of Ayrton Senna. Hamilton often looks like he is trying to corner a car not with physics but rather sheer force of will. Nico was calmer, more calculated in his approach. Unfortunately for Nico this style wasn’t getting the job done against his more aggressive teammate. You can see Nico shifted his style in an attempt to emulate Lewis’ aggression.
Problem was Lewis was used to this style, Nico wasn’t. Many of Nico’s incidents with Hamilton was down to him not getting aggression part of the equation quite right. This drove the wedge between the two even deeper. Nico even referenced the constant battling with Lewis and the subsequent stress one of the leading factors to his early retirement.
All told the drama between teammates was good for Formula 1. The past 3 seasons would have been unwatchably boring if not for the infighting between the Mercedes men. There would have been no drama at all if you had two best friends happily dominating F1. That said, I think the two would tell a different story, they were once friends who were now at each others throats for our amusement. Remember Nico and Lewis grew up together, and were very close at one point. Now that the competition element has been removed, Nico wants to try and repair their relationship.
Nico talked to Lewis prior to his retirement. He felt it was important due to their long history together.
“I just wrote him a message before the actual announcement, and then afterwards we got together and had a chat about it, and just went through stuff and it was a nice conversation. And I’m open to finding our way, and even having a good relationship again in the future. Why not?” Rosberg said.
The question remains, is their relationship repairable? Sure its nice to say these things now, after Nico won his World Championship and promptly retired. Are they both willing to chalk all of the drama down to craving a World Championship? Or did it get so personal that it is beyond repair?
Personally I hope they bury the hatchet. This whole thing has gone on long enough. Its like the couple who breaks up but constantly still talks about their ex. After about a week it becomes extremely tiresome. I have reached that point with these two. I am sick and tired about hearing about it. The drama has gone past entertaining and has now worn thin. I want them to settle this stuff so we can start talking about on track action like if Ferrari can compete with Mercedes this season? Or, will Max Verstappen continue the progression we all expect him to and any of the other stories this F1 season has to offer.
The F1 begins in two days. Let’s make it about the racing shall we?