In this article, we look at the three greatest rivalries between teammates in Formula 1 history and show the intensity, skill and relentless drive to succeed that defined these legendary clashes.
Ayrton Senna vs. Alain Prost (McLaren, 1988-1989):
The intense rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost is undoubtedly one of the most legendary in Formula 1 history. As teammates at McLaren, the two fought a bitter battle for supremacy in 1988 and 1989.
Senna, the Brazilian prodigy known for his raw speed and fearless driving, clashed with Prost, the methodical and calculating Frenchman. Their rivalry peaked in the 1989 season. Controversial incidents such as their infamous collision at Suzuka that secured Prost the championship and Senna’s revenge in 1990 further fueled their animosity.
This rivalry showcased not only their driving talent, but also their opposing styles and the intense psychological warfare that unfolded both on and off the track.
The rivalry between Senna and Prost at McLaren propelled the Woking team to the forefront of the sport, both on and off the track! 😅
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Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg (Mercedes, 2013-2016):
The rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes from 2013 to 2016 fascinated Formula 1 fans worldwide. These childhood friends-turned-bitter rivals pushed each other to their limits in their quest for dominance.
Hamilton, the erratic British talent with exceptional natural ability, met Rosberg, the meticulous German driver with immense technical knowledge. Their battle for supremacy intensified, leading to on-track collisions and intense off-track mind games.
The rivalry peaked in 2016 as Hamilton and Rosberg engaged in a thrilling battle for the championship, with Rosberg ultimately securing his first and only world title before retiring. This intense rivalry highlighted the delicate dynamics between friendship, ambition and competition in Formula 1.
Sebastian Vettel vs Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing, 2009-2013):
The rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber during their stint at Red Bull Racing from 2009 to 2013 was marked by a clash of personalities and a battle for dominance of the team.
Vettel, the young German prodigy, showed his immense talent while Webber, the experienced Australian driver, tried to challenge his teammate’s dominance. Their rivalry was marked by intense on-track battles, controversial team directives and internal tensions.
The most notable incident occurred at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix when Vettel ignored orders from the team to pass Webber, leading to a strained relationship within the team. This intense rivalry demonstrated the complexities of managing competition within a team and a desire to assert dominance over a teammate.
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And takes a look back at the rivalry between Webber and Vettel 👀#F1
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