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Lewis Hamilton career extended by Max Verstappen but Nico Rosberg is key – Coulthard

Hamilton is hungrier than ever, according to Coulthard who had a stellar career in F1 with McLaren and Red Bull.

He added: “Of course he wants a title, who doesn’t? Of course he wants to win, who doesn’t? But he’s done so much winning.

“And the fact he signed up for another two years, he’s just so motivated by the challenge, I think that Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year have extended his career, I truly believe that.

“Because – if he doesn’t win it this year, I don’t think he’ll go off into the winter crying his heart out. I think he’ll go ‘you know what? As a team we didn’t deliver, how can we do better next year?’

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Nico Rosberg weighs in on Mercedes replacing Valtteri Bottas with George Russell midseason

“And it gives everybody a bit of clarity… I guess we’ll see in the coming weeks really.”

However, the 2016 world champion Rosberg is unconvinced that a young driver would be the best team-mate for Hamilton.

The 35-year-old does not believe Wolff should make the switch, but conceded that Formula 1 fans might be keen for a change.

“That’s the big question at the moment. I think from a British perspective, you can be really excited about the future because you have two extremely talented up-and-coming drivers,” Rosberg told Sky Sports.

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Max Verstappen must heed Rosberg warning as Lewis Hamilton branded 'dangerous' by Webber

Lewis Hamilton, having just finished seventh in the Monaco Grand Prix as his title rival Max Verstappen dominated from the front, is now at his most dangerous.
Unhappy with the set-up Mercedes chose for his car in qualifying – where he was only seventh-fastest – and with the race strategy on Sunday, he was clearly agitated on the radio to Peter Bonington, his race engineer.

“What has just happened guys?” he demanded to know as the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin came out in front of the Mercedes at the pit stops.

“I have just lost two places. I saved the tyres to go longer, yet we stopped before everybody.”

His demeanour after the race showed his disappointment too.

“A beaten Lewis Hamilton is an extremely dangerous Hamilton,” were the words from former Red Bull driver Mark Webber after the race.

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We’ve seen it before alongside former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, the only man to have beaten Hamilton in a Mercedes in 2016. The seven-time world champion is just not wired up for failure.

Rosberg noticed Hamilton’s change of tone, a stark contrast to his recent run of success. But, as he pointed out, Hamilton and Verstappen share a crucial trait.

He explained on Sky Sports F1: “Behind closed doors, Lewis Hamilton is not cordial, Lewis Hamilton is angry… Max is also the kind of guy, you really hate to be beaten by Max Verstappen because he’ll really rub it in you know.

“So don’t worry, the intensity is there in exactly the same way [when you’re not Hamilton’s team-mate]. He always comes back stronger even after a difficult weekend.”

Those words of Rosberg rung out across the weekend, and despite Hamilton claiming he didn’t want to get into “childish war of words”, he ruffled Verstappen’s feathers at the start of the weekend, claiming he had “a point to prove.”

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Nico Rosberg has Sebastian Vettel F1 exit hope amid Lewis Hamilton battle

“Everyone has to deal with it – every company, every person, every sport,” Rosberg added. “Sport in particular is an opportunity because we have such a huge reach.

“24 of the 25 biggest TV broadcasts of all time are sports events. Sport has a lot of power. That is why every sport has to do more and more to ensure that we serve the bigger picture and protect our future. And yes, motorsport has to take part too. Not just with technology transfer, as Formula E does or Formula 1 with lightweight materials, turbo engines and currently hybrids.

“Now the next step has to come. I would like Formula 1 to use synthetic fuels. Because there is still a lot to be done, the price has to be reduced and more efficient manufacturing options have to be found. If this could be used for developing countries, for example, it would be a great bridge until electric cars make the breakthrough there too.

Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg – the feud reignited

The inaugural Extreme E race gets underway on Sunday with all-electric SUV’s racing around the desert in Saudi Arabia, and with it comes a familiar Formula One rivalry.

With a mix of rallying/rallycross/Formula E – this jumbled up series definitely looks exciting on paper, with three Formula One champions involved, including seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the only driver to this day to have beaten Hamilton at Mercedes.

The brainchild of Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, the series aims to highlight the impact of climate change, while promoting sustainability and the adoption of electric vehicles to help protect the planet, and also tackles gender equality within motorsport.

And as well as that, we potentially get to see the games begin again between team owners of #44 and Rosberg X Racing.

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It was a turbulent relationship for Hamilton and Rosberg over their four years together as team-mates at Mercedes, and the friendship between the pair quickly turned into a feud in their first season partnered together in 2014.

Relations didn’t much improve between the two, however it is still considered the best rivalry in Formula One over the 2010s.

Mercedes dominated the 2014 season under new V6 hybrid regulations, with Hamilton picking up his second world championship title, however throughout the season it quickly became apparent all was not harmonious between the pair.

Their hunger to win on track often led to high tensions at the team. It occasionally spilled over between the two – with memorable collisons like Spa 2014 and Spain and Austria 2016.

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But it was Monaco 2014 that saw a real change in their relationship. Hamilton was faster than his team-mate in all three practice sessions, but during the closing stages of qualifying, with Rosberg on provisional pole, the German ran deep at Mirabeau – prompting yellow flags with Hamilton forced to abort his final flying lap.

When Hamilton was asked: “Did he screw you over?” He replied: “Potentially.” However, the stewards cleared Rosberg of any wrongdoing and he started on pole position.

When told that Hamilton was not happy, the team boss Toto Wolff said: “If you are P2 and your team-mate is P1 there is no reason to be happy. I don’t think anybody does [what Rosberg did] deliberately in modern Formula One. He missed his braking, which was in order to beat his team-mate, and he took the exit. That’s it. There is nothing to add.”

Rosberg meanwhile said: “Of course I’m sorry for Lewis, I didn’t know where he was. Yeah, it’s not great. I thought the track would ramp up and someone else could beat my time. I’m happy it worked out. Pole at home is fantastic – it couldn’t be better.”

Rosberg eventually won his home race, with Hamilton second – but all eyes were on the pair on the podium as they refused to even shake hands, with Hamilton not keen to celebrate afterwards.

In the heat of the moment, Hamilton declared “We are not friends, we are colleagues.”

Over the next few years we saw hats being thrown between the pair in the cool down room, a double team DNF’s due to a collision and many explosive interviews between the two.

In 2016 Rosberg won the title, before retiring from the sport less than a week later, with Valtteri Bottas coming in at Mecedes to steady the ship.

However, five years have passed, and both drivers have matured throughout the years.

Hamilton has gone on to win four more titles, has become an activist on climate change and equal rights, whilst Rosberg has settled down with his second child and concentrated more on punditry than racing.

But now the pair will be reunited again in a battle on track, with five off-road races in Extreme E which will span over four continents with their two drivers at the helm.

Neither Rosberg nor Hamilton will be competing, unlike Jenson Button, but both may have a slight feeling of unfinished business coming into Extreme E, with the competitive racer in them surely desperate to beat the other in this new form of motorsport.