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.