Formula 1: Singapore GPJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
When the drivers roll out of the pits this Sunday in Singapore, all attention will be focused on the two Mercedes teammates, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
With 10 victories out of 13 between them this season, Rosberg and Hamilton have been dominating their competitors.
While it is not uncommon for the top two to maintain an unshakeable supremacy over the rest of their competitors, as we saw with Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in 2012/2013, it is not often that the top two are racing for the same team.
Stranger still is the rivalry that has become public knowledge after the intentional collision by Rosberg at the Belgian Grand Prix which cost Hamilton the race. The conflict between them has drawn comparisons to that of McLaren team-mates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost over 25 years ago.
After the controversy in Belgium, the two raced again at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. This led to a very different type of uproar when Rosberg made an obvious wrong turn that allowed Hamilton to pass and ultimately win the race.
Many, including racing legend Jackie Stewart, saw the makings of a conspiracy and claimed that Mercedes forced Rosberg to gift Hamilton the lead.
With Italy and Belgium out of the way, Singapore looks to have all the ingredients for a perfect storm between Rosberg and Hamilton.
If Rosberg’s error at Monza was purely accidental then he will want to do everything in his power to make up for it on Sunday.
If, on the other hand, he was forced to concede his position (or did so out of his own volition), the slate will be wiped clean between them and they will now be able to go all guns blazing against each other.
With the overall points gap so close between the two, each race will be hotly contested as the fight for World Champion is set to go down to the wire.
Rosberg and Hamilton seem to only have space for each other in their crosshairs and this could set the scene for an amazing and unexpected comeback on Sunday from one of the drivers lower down in the standings.
This would be unlikely, but considering all that has happened already this season, it certainly can’t be ruled out.
Lewis Hamilton – 7/10 – £10 bet returns £17
Nico Rosberg – 7/4 – £10 bet returns £27.50
Daniel Ricciardo – 11/10 – £10 bet returns £120