Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have known each other since they were kids coming through karting and junior formula and were often teammates. However, their friendship quickly ran into rough weather once the two were at Mercedes fighting for the title and between 2014 and 2016 the duo had numerous clashes on track.
And recently Hamilton threw shade on Rosberg after the 2016 champion came under fire from Max Verstappen for his comments as TV pundit.
Rosberg criticised Verstappen’s move on Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgium GP which ruined both their races. The Dutchman, in turn, hit back at Rosberg calling him the new Jacques Villenueve, the 1997 World Champion who is known to make some surprising contrarian comments on current drivers.
During one of the pre-race interviews before the Italian GP, Vestappen was quoted as saying, “I think he is the new Jacques Villeneuve. Villeneuve has changed quite a bit, but it seems that Rosberg now and again wants to give a contrary opinion.”
Refferring to Verstappen’s dig, Hamilton posted on his Instagram story “this has me in stitches.”
When asked about it on Saturday, Hamilton had some interesting words saying, “I don’t really think much of it, to be honest. I thought it was really funny – I think Max is generally a really funny guy so I was cracking up when I saw it. …unfortunately drivers become irrelevant when they retire and ultimate have to hang on to utilise other people’s light to keep them in the light and so… but that’s the way of sport, I guess.”