“Still My Family”- Lewis Hamilton’s Ex-F1 Rival Nico Rosberg Shares His Pain in Mercedes’ Defeat

Published 12/31/2021, 10:09 AM EST
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 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was certainly a day to forget for the Silver Arrows team. Lewis Hamilton was in line to become the greatest ever F1 driver. Moreover, he looked set to win the record 8th title, leaving behind the great Michael Schumacher. But the last moment Safety Car incident changed the course of the championship for the seven-time world champ.

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Hamilton, who was on wore-off rubbers, could not defend his ground against the title rival and came home to see the chequered flag in the second place. Reactions have been pouring in since that day, mostly sympathizing with the Briton. Many believe that the result was manipulated to make the racing spectacle worthy at the cost of a fair outcome.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP congratulates 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 on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

2016 F1 champion driver Nico Rosberg has expressed his sympathies for the former teammate for missing out on a crucial title. The two have a long-dated history of close title fights at their time in Mercedes.

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Rosberg extends sympathies to Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg drove for Mercedes from 2010 to 2016. The two had a long-standing relationship from the Karting days, but it faded away with time when the two started competing for championships together. However, Rosberg gave a chance of redemption when he retired from the sport in 2016.

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In a recent interview reported by GpBlog, Rosberg expressed his pain over the last-minute debacle that cost Mercedes a title.

“I felt incredible pain. I have no ties to Mercedes now, but it’s still my family,” said the German.

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STUTTGART, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 29: 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 on November 29, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A general perception among the F1 community is that Max Verstappen is a deserving champion and Rosberg also shares a similar line of thought. However, he also believes that the race committee could have handled the situation in a better way. He labeled the last-minute decisions by the FIA “strange”.

“It’s a pity that it ended this way with a strange decision of the FIA,” Rosberg concluded.

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However, now that the Silver Arrows team have pulled back the protests, the dust seems to have settled between the title rivals. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will battle it out on the track in the 2022 season. Fans are rooting for another round of this rivalry and it is surely going to be an exciting one.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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