NICO ROSBERG and Lewis Hamilton had a fierce rivalry during their time at Mercedes together.
Nico Rosberg has claimed Lewis Hamilton could make an appearance at this weekend’s Extreme E event. Both men had a ferocious rivalry during their time as F1 team-mates with Mercedes. And, now, they’re primed to lock horns again in a different sport.
Hamilton was the first F1 star to confirm an entry into the Extreme E series, which consists of five races throughout the season.
Rosberg, who retired in 2016 after growing tired of feuding with the Brit, then opted to enter the fray as well as former World Champion Jenson Button.
So far, Rosberg X Racing spearhead the table in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships – just ahead of Hamilton’s Team X44.
The Brit’s team have topped qualifying at all five races so far yet it’s Rosberg’s side who lead, having won three races outright.
And the German has now revealed he’s excited for the weekend’s finale in Dorset, which takes place on Sunday.
“I’m excited! It’s been a great season; we’ve won three races,” he told Racing News 365.
“Johan and Molly have done a great job, and all the team have in avoiding mistakes, problems – they’ve done really well. It’s extreme conditions always out there.
“It’s all to play for this weekend.
“It’s so funny that it’s Rosberg against Hamilton as well in this completely new championship here – that’s amazing.
“Both of us have awesome drivers, so it’s super cool.”
Rosberg then proceeded to claim he’d heard ‘rumours’ that Hamilton would make the trip down for the finale.
“I think he would be [here] as well if he had time,” added the former Mercedes driver.
“Of course, I’m retired, so I have a lot more time than he does! But there’s rumours that he might even come to take a look [this weekend].”
Rosberg and Hamilton’s rivalry captivated the sport between 2013 and 2016, with the pair clashing both on and off the grid.
Banter, it seems, is still there between the two men. Rosberg revealed they still joust with each other, saying: “We did a little bit actually.
“I’m really happy to see how closely he follows it. I know he watches all the races live, he speaks to his drivers, he even writes to [series founder] Alejandro Agag, [for] some advice and thoughts and things – he’s really into it.”
Hamilton is fielding World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb and Dakar Rally regular Cristina Gutierrez for the weekend’s finale.
Rosberg, meanwhile, is putting World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor out there to try and claim the title.
With Hamilton set to make the trip to Dorset, he’ll do so with talk of retirement lingering in the background.
The Brit narrowly missed out on the F1 title to Max Verstappen last weekend in controversial circumstances.
Since then, there’s been plenty of speculation about him potentially walking away from the sport.
Yet Rosberg said in the week that he thought his old Mercedes team-mate would be back to fight it out with Verstappen next year.
“It was heartbreaking for him, absolutely, because up until four laps from the end he was almost certain to be world champion,” he said.
“Then with this change of procedure or whatever you want to call it, suddenly he lost the world championship.
“It was tough, it was extremely tough.
“But of course I do count on him being back on the grid next year and fighting to get back that world championship that kind of got taken away from him in a way.”
Hamilton, for his part, is staying silent as the rumours around him intensify.