The Formula One racing fraternity feels it is inevitable that the feuding Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are going to ruin each other’s chances unless they start working as teammates rather than sworn enemies.
That was highlighted in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix when Rosberg beat Hamilton into second place following a controversial qualifying incident that sealed the German in pole position.
It’s the Canadian Grand Prix next, in Montreal, on Jun. 8 and by the acrimony coming out of the Mercedes camp, there will be plenty more tension and outbursts.
The Mercedes duo failed to acknowledge each other after the Monaco race, the day after Hamilton refused to give Rosberg the benefit of the doubt when the German secured pole position with a last-lap braking error that prevented the Brit being allowed to complete his final lap when it looked as if he would get pole.
Hamilton was beside himself with rage afterwards and even claimed the two, who raced together in karting as teenagers, are no longer friends. Rosberg insisted they were still friends.
All this drama was watched with glee by members of the Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands, many of whom are fed up of Red Bull’s dominance in recent years. In front of TV screens in PD’s in Galleria, West Bay Road, on Sunday from 9 a.m. they ate breakfast and traded banter. Helen Chawe and Ade Doherty are big Hamilton followers and wear their Mercedes jerseys with pride.
Rosberg’s victory put him at the top of the drivers’ standings with 122 points, four ahead of Hamilton with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso way behind in third place on 61. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (54) is fourth, Nico Hulkenberg (47) of Force India is fifth and Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel is sixth with 45 points. It was another miserable grand prix for Vettel – his 100th – who retired after five laps.
Formula 1 club organizer Danny Roach said that there were 57 fans, including three new members, at PD’s.
“The Monaco GP is always a star studded and champagne soaked event attended by the who’s who of the world’s millionaires, billionaires and opinion makers,” said Roach, who is a big Ferrari fan. “This year was no exception as many fans wanted to see Monaco’s own resident Rosberg win his second consecutive race there.”
Many door prizes were won, Roach said, including Moet champagne provided by Cayman Distributors and $226 was raised for The Pines Retirement Home through the door prize tickets and other donations.
Roach is amused by the Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry. “The general feeling is that the friction between the two Mercedes drivers is reaching a flash point and Hamilton is showing the first signs of cracking under the intense pressure Rosberg is applying,” Roach said. “Fans will remember a similar rivalry when Hamilton and Alonso were team-mates at McLaren which resulted in Alonso moving to Ferrari.”
Roach feels Alonso and Ricciardo are well placed to take advantage if a Mercedes meltdown occurs, especially if their aggressive driving results in the cars crashing.