Coulthard: Mercedes tension brilliant for F1
28 May 2014 – Ex-Formula 1 driver turned commentator David Coulthard has described the animosity between title-contending Mercedes team-mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as "brilliant for Formula 1."
Having taken a controversial pole position, sealed by running off track and bringing out the yellow flags late in qualifying, Rosberg broke Hamilton's run of four race victories in Monaco to retake the championship lead.
Four points now separate the drivers, who did not engage in conversation on race day in the Principality.
"It is brilliant for Formula 1," Coulthard, during his latest column for The Telegraph, said of the tension.
"It excites both the public and the media. It is not a good story that they hang out together, are great buddies, and share the winds. It's a much better story that two team-mates, fighting tooth and nail for the world championship, are not getting on and that the tension is building."
Coulthard added that, despite Rosberg and Hamilton's amicable early years which included time in the same karting outfit, it is impossible to be friends with a team-mate.
"I had a few occasions when I was team-mates with Mika Häkkinen at McLaren when he would not talk to me. He felt that I was spoiling his party by winning a few races," explained Coulthard.
"In the end, however, your team-mate is not your buddy.
"You can talk as much as you want about them growing up as friends, but you have to outperform one man. No matter how long you have known them, you only find out who they are and what they are really like when the light is shining brightest."