Date: 14th November 2016 at 8:28am
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During the 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Championships the tension between the duelling Mercedes pair was palpable.

Even the 2015 season, where Lewis Hamilton dominated his Mercedes team-mate and clinched the title ahead of Nico Rosberg with several races to go we still had a very visible spat between the two with Rosberg taking defeat hard and letting his frustrations out via comments in the media and throwing his Pirelli baseball cap at Hamilton in the warm down room.

The pair, appeared to simply not speak.

But in 2016, with Rosberg on the cusp of clinching his first Formula One World Championship, ending Hamilton’s reign the feeling is very different.

The pair speak post race, it’s much more cordial, with Hamilton simply pushed by his enthusiasm for racing and winning.

His Brazilian Grand Prix victory meant a lot to the Brit, to win in Brazil, the home of his idol Aryton Senna was a victory that had alluded him for the past nine years.

But at the tenth time of asking, car number 44 won the 44th Brazilian Grand Prix.

‘This is the race I have been dreaming of winning since I was very, very young, It was a hard, hard grand prix to win and today was one of the most difficult in terms of rain and aquaplaning.’ Hamilton told Sky Sports.

Interlagos is actually the 24th track Hamilton has won at in Formula One, a record that no other driver has ever achieved.

It was also his 52nd Grand Prix triumph, moving Hamilton clear of Alain Prost in the all times win list and into second place, behind Michael Schumacher.

It also moved him within 12 points of Rosberg with one race to go.

It’s still out of Hamilton’s hands, a podium finish for Rosberg is enough, but Hamilton is a winner and that fuels the three-time champ.

‘I?m hunting and all I can do is do what I?m doing right now. The team have been giving me a great car and finding the reliability has been really good, so the results are really showing that. I?m going to go and give it everything I?ve got. Abu Dhabi is generally a really good track for me. But right now I?m just going to live in the moment. This has been my dream since the first time I watched Ayrton race, when I was five or six years old.

 

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