Nico Rosberg Recalls a Sad Incident With 4-Year Old Lewis Hamilton Fan & Her Dad

Published 08/15/2021, 5:42 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


It is almost impossible for an F1 fan to forget the animosity that revolved around two of the greatest F1 rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The duo portrayed intense battling on the track. Some of them were clean, but some turned out quite ugly, which further spoilt their off-track relationship as well.

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But that’s wasn’t the end of the case. Rosberg, who snatched his only F1 title in the farewell season from Hamilton, revealed that their rivalry ended up splitting the fan base into two.

To prove this claim, Rosberg narrated an incident that happened in the paddock while his rivalry with Hamilton was steaming hot.

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What did Nico Rosberg say?

As reported by Planet F1, Rosberg opened up about the harsh reality of getting involved in a rivalry with a different countryman. The pressure isn’t restricted to merely the track, as he felt that, at some point, the fans joined the battle as well.

Rosberg further recalled the incident when four-year-old girls booed at him just because their father wanted them to. And of course, Rosberg indicated that he knew they were Hamilton’s fans.

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

There were the two camps, the Nico camp, and the Hamilton fans,” he said. “And all the Hamilton fans were against me, of course.

There were these four-year-old girls right in front of me with their dads, and they were booing me and giving me the thumbs down. Their dads told them I was bad and that they needed to boo me,” the one-time world champion added.

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Toto Wolff once admitted the toxicity inside the Mercedes AMG F1 team which bloomed from the rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg. The scenario was bad enough, as neither of the teammates was on talking terms anymore.

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Hence, speaking about the eventual break-up, Rosberg reckoned that it was inevitable, considering there was lots of money and recognition at stake, that was on the verge of being completely destroyed because of the rivalry.

Mercedes GP Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain pose during a press conference with Toto Wolff, the Mercedes GP Executive Director, during the annual Mercedes Benz Stars & Cars event at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

But that’s why they break up eventually. Because there is so much at stake,” he said. “And they start fighting more and more. And they eventually break up because there’s so much money at stake. So much recognition at stake.

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After racing on the track for almost a decade, Rosberg seems to have found a career in the paddock now. The German has taken up the role of a commentator and did a stellar job alongside David Croft at Hungaroring last race weekend. Hence, will he manage to excel in this new F1 role?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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