Nico Rosberg Reveals Why Lewis Hamilton Didn’t Congratulate Him After Extreme E Triumph

Published 04/07/2021, 5:18 AM EDT
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


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.

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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.

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“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.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP walks on the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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.

Nico Rosberg looking to fight Lewis Hamilton in the remainder of Extreme E series

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.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg on the podium. Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“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.”

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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?

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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