The infamous story of how Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg went from good friends to rivals who couldn’t stand each other will go down in F1 folklore. Although the latter has now retired from racing, the rivalry between the two still exists, albeit in a different realm altogether. Rosberg and Hamilton both own teams that participate in the newly sanctioned Extreme E series. With his team having won the first round, Rosberg is looking forward to the battle with Hamilton’s team in the remaining races.
When asked if Hamilton congratulated him on the win, Nico revealed that he didn’t. However, the German reveals the reason why.
He said (translated via Google), “He (Lewis) probably would if he had my number.
“Still: How cool is it that we are now competing against each other as team bosses and are also first and second in the championship. Funny that the duel now continues here.”
The off-road racing series that uses electric SUVs had its first ever race in Saudi Arabia. The race was called the Desert X-Prix, with other races scheduled to take place in different environments such as the Amazon, the Arctic, etc. With four more X-prix’s to go, Rosberg expects more fun duels between the team’s of the two F1 championship winners.
Reflecting on the first race the ex-Mercedes man said (translated via Google), “We enjoyed each other all weekend duels, we were always first and second. That was a really big duel and in the end we were able to decide it for ourselves, which I’m very happy about, but it will certainly continue the whole thing Season.
“The nice thing about it is that the more intense our duel, the more attention we can draw to the series – for the issues we are campaigning for, such as fighting climate change together.”
While Hamilton‘s team, Team X44, had a solid start, finishing the opening round in second place, Lewis’ attention would now turn to F1 matters. Having got his own season to a brilliant start in Bahrain, he’d want to build from there.
Can the seven-time world champion seal his eighth title this year? Or will the race in Imola be the first one that signifies a changing of the guard?