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Rosberg rivalry approaching Senna/Prost levels - Hamilton

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton says his relationship with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is becoming as heated as the one between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Tension between the two ratcheted up in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix when Rosberg ran wide at Mirabeau, bringing out yellow flags and preventing Hamilton from having a clean run on his final attempt. Hamilton refused to comment on whether Rosberg had gone off the track on purpose, but told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I should have known that was going to happen."

Asked if his relationship with Rosberg was now like the bitter rivalry between Senna and Prost, Hamilton added: "Essentially."

Senna and Prost twice collided on the track at Suzuka during crunch points in the 1989 and 1990 championships, with Senna admitting he took Prost out on purpose in 1990. Speaking on Saturday, Hamilton said he approved of Senna's approach.

"I don't know if Senna and Prost sat down and talked it out. I quite like the way Senna dealt with it so I'm going to take a page out of his book."