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Why the latest Hamilton-Rosberg battle won’t have the same edge

OPINION: Even four years after it ended, the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has yet to be topped for drama and intrigue by anything F1 has seen since. But the next iteration commencing in 2021 will be played out on much different terms...

It remains one of the most fractious team-mate partnerships of recent times and provided the defining rivalry of Formula 1 in the 2010s. Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg, the two old karting friends-turned bitter combatants for glory in the first three seasons of the turbo hybrid era, provided a compelling focal point for F1 at a time when a lack of opposition from Ferrari and Red Bull meant the Silver Arrows went into almost every weekend expecting to win.

But the enmity that developed between the pair - with flash-points at Monaco and Spa in 2014, then most memorably of all at Barcelona in 2016, allowing Max Verstappen to score his first win - only pushed both onto greater heights.

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