Christian Horner thinks Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry should be encouraged

Sharon Wong
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Horner offers a very different perspective on Mercedes’ latest pickle at the Austrian Grand Prix.

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 11:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 11, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 11: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 11, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ah, finally, a dissenting voice. We thought the vote on Hamilton and Rosberg to cut the crap was pretty unanimous on all fronts, but then Christian Horner speaks up. The Red Bull team principal  is no stranger to Toto Wolff’s dilemma, having had to keep Mark Webber and Seb Vettel from tearing at each others’ throats back in 2013. But he suggests that instead of punishing them. Mercedes should encourage them to continue doing what every F1 driver should be: competing.

“It is enormously difficult because no matter how much those guys say they are team players, they are contractors and are racing for themselves. They are going for the biggest prize on motorsport. Inevitably, they will do what’s right for them.

“I think they’ve got sufficient margin over the rest of the field, why do they need to consider that? It creates interest in F1, which it needs with two team mates who may not be the best of mates.”

Christian Horner

Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He’s got a point. Hamilton himself has come out and said that the restrictions of team orders will rob the fans of the very reason they watch a race. And we think that his perspective is very related to Horner’s. Perhaps a rivalry creates trouble for a team that just wants everyone to get along, but nothing comes closer to generating excitement for fans. In any kind of sports, people like having someone to root for or against. This fierce competition offers this tribal allure and a touch of the unpredictable to the adrenaline-fueled world of Formula 1. You never know what Rosberg and Hamilton will do next to sabotage one another and it’s keeping us all on the edge of our seats.