FLASH­BACK!

F1 Racing - - IN­SIDER -

As the Merc du­el­lists scrap for the crown, we look back on five of the year’s most in­cen­di­ary mo­ments

Bahrain Lewis and Nico stage a thrilling duel on the track, with Hamil­ton emerg­ing on top. But Ros­berg crit­i­cises his team-mate’s driv­ing, par­tic­u­larly the move on lap 18. Dur­ing the race he tells his team: “Some­one needs to tell Lewis that move was not on.” Af­ter­wards he adds that the ma­noeu­vre was “over the line.”

Hun­gary Af­ter a se­ries of mis­for­tunes in qual­i­fy­ing, Hamil­ton fights back through traf­fic from a pit­lane start and finds him­self ahead of Ros­berg on an al­ter­nate strat­egy. The team ask Hamil­ton to let his team-mate through, but he replies: “I’m not slow­ing down for Nico.” Lewis fin­ishes P3, di­rectly ahead of Ros­berg.

Bel­gium On lap 2 of the Bel­gian GP, Ros­berg at­tacks Lewis for the lead at Les Combes and the pair touch. Ros­berg loses part of his front wing, while Hamil­ton is slowed by a punc­ture. This time there is fury from the Mercedes man­age­ment: “It’s ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able,” scowls a fu­ri­ous Toto Wolff post-race.

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