With the duel in the desert well and truly done and dusted Lewis Hamilton has revealed that the season past was littered with odd moments and uncomfortable situations within the almighty Mercedes team.
Hamilton told media during the FIA Awards evening in Vienna, “There’s been incidents that feel a little bit odd. There have definitely been some uncomfortable scenarios, but I should expect that and I think that comes with the territory when you compete as you do at the front sometimes.”
It was a season of ups and downs for both title contenders with Nico Rosberg enjoying the early momentum of four wins out of the first four races, before the pair collided on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Thereafter Hamilton, who had been through a victory drought of eight races, won six of the next seven races before the summer break.
Rosberg bounced back with a hat-trick of victories in Belgium, Italy and Singapore. Hamilton led the Malaysian Grand Prix comfortably before he suffered an engine blow-up which resulted in his second DNF of the season and would prove decisive in the final outcome of the championship.
Rosberg won in Japan before Hamilton went on a four race winning streak but it was not enough as he relinquished his crown to Rosberg, who took the title by five points after enjoying a 42 point lead at one stage in the title duel.
Hamilton acknowledged, “It’s a tricky scenario for a team if they have got two drivers fighting for a championship, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. From those experiences you learn a lot about different characters and about yourself even more so.”
In Abu Dhabi talk in the paddock suggested that Hamilton nearly quit the team mid-way through the season, in the aftermath of his collision with Rosberg in Barcelona.
Hamilton said of the reports, “That’s all private stuff. It’s all in the past so it does not really matter.”
“I’m just looking forwards, so dwelling and thinking about past experiences is not something I need to do. Now I’ve just got to focus on next season. The rumours have already started and it’s interesting where they come from. The focus now is on next year,” added the triple F1 World Champion.