There have been so many “the gloves are off” scenario’s between Rosberg and Hamilton that collectively, they must have more fists than a lesbian porn convention.
In a recent interview, Nico Rosberg has been talking about his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton in terms that verge on pure, uncut, flattery. Of his supposed rival, Rosberg said,
“He’s one of the sweetest opponents. He’s one of those opponents where you get the greatest satisfaction from beating him because he’s world champion.
I have huge respect for him but, well, we’re not best friends at the moment. That’s the difficulty between us now. We’re just both so competitive and that makes it difficult to be friends because the competition is so extreme.
– Nico Rosberg
Rosberg also believes that Hamilton’s wave of form could come to an end soon, the German admitting that he needs to turn his own championship around to stop the momentum in the Hamilton camp. He admitted that,
“Momentum does play a role. We’ve seen it with Lewis and I from 2014. We’ve always gone in waves. It’s strange but it must be time for his wave to be ending now. But, yeah, it’s difficult to have a race like Silverstone. Second place – I could have lived with that but to lose points and finish third? That’s tough.
Fighting for the title is incredibly intensive. The actual driving doesn’t change much but it’s such a difficult situation because you’re racing together and, at the same time, against each other. That’s a unique challenge.
It’s very difficult to find the right line. I have a duty for the team and for them it’s so important to win the constructors’ title but where is the line to my ego and what I want? It’s always difficult.
– Nico Rosberg
The ego reference must be a silent sting aimed at Hamilton, who is usually blasted for having a big ego rather than having a personality that doesn’t conform to the sponsor-spouting PR aware cardboard cut-outs of racing drivers that we’re used to in Formula One.
The reality is that the Hungaroring will provide difficulty for both Mercedes drivers. The Hungarian GP may be one to forget in terms of Mercedes inter-garage warfare, because Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to close the gap massively.