Following the buyout and management reshuffle at
Caterham’s Formula 1 team, American Alexander Rossi,
who’d raced for Caterham in Formula Renault 3. 5 and
GP2 and tested its F1 car, departed the organization. He
joined Campos Racing for the Hockenheim GP2 rounds.
NOT UNHAPPY TOGETHER
Mercedes’ lineup set to stay as is, but is the growing rivalry a manageable one?
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Mercedes-Benz duo Nico Rosberg and
Lewis Hamilton, currently embroiled in an
exclusive fight for the Formula 1 World
Championship, are likely to remain
teammates for several seasons. Rosberg
recently signed an unspecified multi-year
extension to his contract that was due to
expire at the end of this year, and while
Hamilton’s ends in 2015, the Brit strongly
suggested that he, too, wishes to stay.
“I’m very, very happy here and I’ll sit with
the bosses and discuss the future,” he said.
“But I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13,
and it’s difficult to see myself anywhere else.”
The unspoken plus for Hamilton is that
he’s likely to be confident he can handle
Rosberg over the long haul. After 10 races,
the German led the championship by only
14 points, despite suffering just one DNF.
By contrast, Hamilton has been Mercedes’
bad luck magnet, his five wins offset by car
glitches that took him out of the Australian
and Canadian GPs, and a brake disc failure
that sent him crashing out of German GP
qualifying, leaving him 15th on the grid.
When both cars have finished, Rosberg
has been ahead ≠three times – Austria,
hard-to-pass Monaco, where his pole (the
cornerstone to victory there) was
achieved in hotly debated circumstances,
and Germany, where he took his fourth
win of the campaign as Hamilton charged
back through the field to finish third.
Aside from the emotional flare-up in
Monaco, which was doused a few days
later, the Mercedes intra-team rivalry has
remained civil, and the “no team orders”
policy has been adhered to rigidly.
“I will have a hard time,” admitted team
boss Niki Lauda after Hamilton’s win and
Rosberg’s DNF in July’s British GP closed up
the title chase, “but we didn’t interfere from
the beginning, so why should we now?”
Whether Mercedes would be so relaxed
about team orders if it didn’t enjoy a major
advantage with its W05 is more debatable.
The answer to that hypothetical may be
crucial to Hamilton’s thinking if other teams
have caught up with M-B by the time he
and the bosses discuss a new contract...
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton always
had great respect for each other in their
careers, where they battled in karts and
F3. Fighting for the F1 title in the same
team is challenging their relationship.