Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda told how difficult was the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for three seasons, during which they fought each other for the championship.
“Between them was a very complicated relationship. It has even come to the point that they refused to shake hands. I’m not saying that they were supposed to have Breakfast together, but the tension really was great. This is especially annoying Lewis, Lauda quotes Motorsport-Total. – For example, they could play with the settings, especially to introduce each other in confusion. All this, of course, is very harmful to the team.
We have developed a set of rules in case of recurrence of the incident, as in Barcelona in 2016, and warned that if this happens again, they will have to pay a fine. Also we threatened each termination of the contract. It worked out well, because the command again at peace. The number of contentious issues between them decreased significantly.
I think Nico left because of fears that further pressure from Hamilton will be too big. But I guess he does not regret his decision, and will never return.”
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