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October 21, 2016
Merc rivalry epic

BEST OF FRENEMIES: Hamilton and Rosberg

Formula One legend hails Lewis Hamilton as a 'modern-day version on his rival'

Ahead of their duel at the US Grand Prix this Sunday, Formula One legend Niki Lauda says Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry reminds his own feud with James Hunt.

On the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s memorable world title triumph, Mercedes boss Lauda has hailed Hamilton as a modern-day version of his rival.

While Lauda kept a low-profile, the late Hunt had a reputation as a wild party animal and a lady-killing playboy.

And the Austrian sees similarities between title rivals Hamilton and Rosberg, who leads the drivers’ championship standings by 33 points.

He says: “It is like Hamilton and Rosberg today.

“One lives one kind of life, and the other lives a different lifestyle. It was a similar situation between James and me.

“I was trying to concentrate, focus and work on my car, and get everything right. He had an easy life and got it right in another way.

“He was a straightforward, eccentric, and a weird guy, but very good for Formula One.”

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