With Mercedes dominating the turbo era of F1, the only realistic competition they face is from themselves. Over the past couple of seasons, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, once good friends from their childhood days, are now the fiercest of rivals on track. The biggest example of their rivalry is the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, when tensions between the two were at the peak. So here’s a look at some of the greatest F1 rivalries over the course of it’s existence.
Greatest F1 Rivalries
6. Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso
The most recent great rivalry pitted the man who broke the Schumacher dominance of the early 21st century, against the next great German driver. Between the two of them, they have won 6 World Championships and have 74 wins. Their peak battles were from 2010-13, when Vettel won his 4 World Championships.
Ferrari had hoped that Alonso would be their man to spearhead them back to Championship glory in 2010, while Vettel would be the number one man of Red Bull. While the 2011 and 2013 seasons were dominated by the German, Alonso was the only driver who provided stiff competition in the early parts of the season, before Vettel would pull away.
However, the 2010 and 2012 season’s were a different matter altogether. Alonso was able to push a not as competitive Ferrari machine, well beyond its limits and was a constant threat to take the titles. Both were decided in the final race of the season, the 2010 even more dramatic as Hamilton and Webber were also involved in the championship battle. Yet it would be the German who’d win the race in 2010, to take his maiden title as Alonso would get caught behind Vitaly Petrov and would finish 4 points adrift of Vettel.
2012, it would once again go down to Brazil, with Vettel finishing sixth in a rain soaked race. While Alonso was able to finish on the podium, Vettel who suffered a slow stop 10 laps to the finish would charge his damaged Red bull (after crashing on the first lap) to sixth.
2014, both drivers were unable to get the best out of the Turbo Engines, despite the occasional battle, especially at Belgium. They would finish with 6 podiums between them in 2014. The rivalry is somewhat halted for now, as Vettel enjoyed a successful 2015 season with Ferrari, while Alonso is part of a struggling McLaren outfit. This was one of the best F1 rivalries in the 2010s era.