Has Ros­berg turned the ta­bles on Hamil­ton?

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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

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