Has Rosberg turned the tables on Hamilton?
The Spanish Grand Prix clash marks a shift in the dynamic between the Mercedes team-mates – and leaves Lewis Hamilton with even more ground to make up
Lewis Hamilton faces one of the toughest challenge of his career in trying to win his fourth world title from a substantial points deficit, and against a team-mate who is demonstrating ruthless determination to secure the championship for himself.
Hamilton collided with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, resulting in both cars crashing out of the race and bringing the drivers’ already cool relationship to a new low.
The incident was triggered by a combination of circumstances for which both drivers were held by stewards to be partly to blame, resulting in the verdict that it was a racing incident. The sequence of events leading up to the collision began to unfold even before the race started, when Rosberg failed to change his engine mode on the grid from the energy-harvesting mode used on the formation lap to the one for the race. Rosberg said: “It did not affect the car’s performance on the run to the first corner.”
Both cars made equally good starts, but Rosberg slipstreamed Hamilton and pulled off