Write an Article

Top 5 teammate rivalries in Formula 1 - Slide 5 of 5

Your teammate is your first rival in F1 There is an old saying in Formula 1; first driver you want to beat is your teammate. And, trust us, all th ...

Your teammate is your first rival in F1

There is an old saying in Formula 1; first driver you want to beat is your teammate. And, trust us, all the drivers, current or retired, take this notion pretty seriously.

Formula 1 has an unwritten decree that a driver, first and foremost, must beat his main rival: his so called ‘mate’ in the team.

During the course of last year and a half, we have seen a great degree of tension between World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes partner Nico Rosberg. Of course, both are young, energetic and full of fire; to win every race and titles, but both have the same car and both race under one roof. Hence, there is always an aerie friction between the two; day in day out.

But, this type of tension between colleagues is nothing new to the sport, even if they are paid millions of dollars every year. However, some drivers put winning first, at any ethical cost, whatsoever. So, let us ignite our minds again, with a list we have carved, of the best teammate rivalries of all time in Formula 1.

#5 Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber

Previous Slide 5 / 5
Webber and Vettel in action

 

Main Reason for the Rivalry being Special: Vettel’s dominance over Webber over the years.  

This German-Aussie pairing for Red Bull from 2009 to 2013 always exploded with tension. The pair seemed happy at first, when Vettel had initially joined the senior Bull team, but the tussle started as soon as Red Bull created a rocket ship of a car. And, the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix was the epicenter for the issues.

The pair clashed whilst trying to fight for the lead at Istanbul Park, and the German, because of the accident, had to subsequently retire from the race. The result of the accident was that Red Bull lost a sure one and two, and this made the team’s hierarchy pretty angry.

Another prime example of the tension between the Aussie and Vettel was at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix. This was the venue of the infamous Multi-21 saga. And, because of this Webber’s always believed, he was getting second hand treatment from the team. But, the incident really shook Webber up and it might have acted as a catalyst in his decision to call it a day at the end of that season.

However, many paddock insiders believed that Webber was always under pressure because of Vettel’s continuous title wins (4 in total) in the same car. The German also made sure that the team ran around him, thus creating the difference.   

Previous Slide 5 / 5

Recommended
Force India? More like force-fed for new boy Ocon
Force India? More like force-fed for new boy Ocon
Exclusive: F1 boss Mallya sees no grounds for extradition
Exclusive: F1 boss Mallya sees no grounds for extradition
5 iconic sporting pairs who are always discussed together
5 iconic sporting pairs who are always discussed together
Good things always come in pairs, and it appears that axiom extends to sportsmen. Some of the biggest icons in sport have held one of their rivals i ...
1K
Mallya's Force India aim to be a top three team
Mallya's Force India aim to be a top three team
Hamilton has "zero problems" with Bottas
Hamilton has "zero problems" with Bottas
New start for the only Nico on 2017 F1 grid
New start for the only Nico on 2017 F1 grid
Renault target top five in Formula One
Renault target top five in Formula One
Wolff and Lauda renew Mercedes F1 contracts to 2020
Wolff and Lauda renew Mercedes F1 contracts to 2020
Palmer adds weight to his second season
Palmer adds weight to his second season
Red Bull seeking gains from Renault's 'big winter'
Red Bull seeking gains from Renault's 'big winter'
Motor racing - Williams retain Di Resta as reserve driver
Motor racing - Williams retain Di Resta as reserve driver
Sauber aim for return to midfield with new F1 car
Sauber aim for return to midfield with new F1 car
Injured Wehrlein to miss F1's first pre-season test
Injured Wehrlein to miss F1's first pre-season test
Williams hire former Ferrari aerodynamicist
Williams hire former Ferrari aerodynamicist
1
Allison joins Mercedes as technical director
Allison joins Mercedes as technical director
Bottas believes he can beat team mate Hamilton
Bottas believes he can beat team mate Hamilton
Motor Racing: Renault recruit aerodynamics head from Red Bull
Motor Racing: Renault recruit aerodynamics head from Red Bull
Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry
Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry
1
Is F1 a dying sport?
Is F1 a dying sport?
Formula One fans are losing interest as Mercedes dominates on the track; empty grandstands in the world's richest sport.
BP to fuel McLaren F1 team after ExxonMobil split
BP to fuel McLaren F1 team after ExxonMobil split
Fetching more content...