The competition between these two makes it impossible for them to ever be friends, admits Nico Rosberg.
When two coworkers can’t get along, it’s usually the worst-kept secret in a company. Rarely is the animosity ever voiced unless things have deteriorated past the point of no return, especially with household names like Hamilton and Rosberg. So you know that the situation between the two has hit an undeniable breaking point when they’re this candid about it with the fans. Fresh from a “final warning” after their second crash this season, Rosberg reveals that he and Hamilton’s relationship has always been one of contention.
“Beating Lewis… 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 it makes it difficult to be friends because the competition is so extreme.
“It was the same back then. How many pizzas could we eat? Who could run faster from the lift to the hotel room? It would be competition all the way but there was not the surrounding influence with the team, the media and money. That makes it difficult now.”
We also think the rivalry is intensified by the fact that there is no clear winner among the two. The pendulum has been swinging erratically between them all season, with Rosberg’s seven-win streak left in the distant past after Hamilton’s succession of back-to-back wins this season. Where the luck of the draw will fall next, no one can say. But Rosberg is determined to race his nemesis to the bitter end.
“My dream is to win the world championship and I’m fighting for that. I’m giving it everything.”
We wonder if they’re warming up for the real thing with pizza or dashes to the lift.