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Ali Kasim
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

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F1: Not quite warm and cuddly between Hamilton and Rosberg

The New Paper | Ali Kasim | Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

Nico Rosberg (far left) and Lewis Hamilton (right) having a lighthearted moment at The Paragon.

If anyone went to The Paragon yesterday to have a taste of the apparent tension bubbling between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, they would have been disappointed.

The two Mercedes drivers made a public appearance in the afternoon at the shopping mall as the build-up continued for the 2014 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

The night race along downtown Singapore will feature the latest episode in what has developed into a fierce tussle between the two drivers for this year's world title.

With six races to go, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 22 points at the top of the drivers' standings.

The ill-feeling between the two hit new heights when Rosberg hit race leader Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix last month, forcing the Briton out of the Grand Prix.

ANIMOSITY

Hamilton famously accused the German of deliberately taking him out, and the animosity between the two drew comparisons of the battle between the legendary Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

On stage together yesterday, in front of a scrum of fans, both drivers were all smiles, however, as they sat on stools separated by the master of ceremony.

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