EDITORS BLOG – Are Lewis and Nico now ‘Frenemies’ or still friends?

Picture from Twitter / Lewis Hamilton
Picture from Twitter / Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been racing each other through-out their careers and have been team-mates on and off for the last twenty years in various forms of racing.

What is a Frenemies?

Oxford Dictionary says a Frienemie is “A person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.”

The early days

Hamilton and Rosberg both followed a similar path through there early careers meeting in 2001 while racing in the early days Formula A as team-mates when Rosberg joined the team Hamilton was already European Champion. There two careers mirror each other.

After Rosberg won his GP2 championship Hamilton filled his seat both had good season with them going in different seasons to win titles.

Hamilton in own words

Hamilton told ESPN this week “Honestly it doesn’t change anything. We’ll just keep racing, we’ll obviously try to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that’s it. We’re going to be racing, the position won’t be the same in Monaco because you never have those kind of opportunities really.”

Last year he said that “We were friends when we were kids and that was that. It’s not like we’ve been close friends recently, because we haven’t.”

Can you be friends

This question has divided the drivers, paddock and fans it’s hard to say some say the friendship will restart following retirement others say it’s still there. In my view there still close looking on social media away from the track but when there on track they are enemies.

They know each other very well from working and living for much of the year travelling around the world. You see on Twitter and Intergram of the drivers living a socialising away from the track. They get on with each other away from the track. I googled Friends and Enemy quotes this one stood out from JK Rolwling “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Racing wheel to wheel

We don’t want Mercedes to manage them too much in fact that would be bad for Formula One, Motorsport and sport as a whole. I don’t want a return to the Ferrari’s having Michael Schumacher as there clear number one and its good but as we saw in Barcelona and at Spa two years ago it is risky.

The future?

I believe both drivers have and have earned there place in Mercedes but they need a way of managing each other. They will need each other and find a way to get on to deliver the good results for the team and they need to show they are able to work together.

Drivers are instinctive and if they see a gap they go for it this will not change and miss calculations will happen.


Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of Formula One Vault. He brings you all the brilliant content. Has an obsession with all things Formula One and anything with an engine.

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