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Hamilton: Relationship with Rosberg ‘really good at the moment’

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Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says that his relationship with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is “really good” at the moment.

Hamilton and Rosberg became teammates in 2013, but have experienced a number of fall-outs during their time together while battling for race wins and world championships.

Most famously, the two came to blows on the first lap of the Belgian Grand Prix in 2014, while other incidents followed in China and Austin last year.

The two clashed on-track in Spain when they crashed into each other on the first lap of the race, but neither was willing to lay blame for the incident, suggesting a change in the dynamic between them.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday in the UK, Hamilton said that he was surprised by how good his relationship with Rosberg was at the moment.

“It’s actually really good with Nico at the moment. Really, really good, surprisingly,” Hamilton said.

“I would definitely not have expected it to be where it is. I guess it is probably with age. He’s a family man. He’s got a kid. He has probably grown in that process and I have grown and come of age.

“The respect that we have always talked about is bigger than it has ever been. So now we generally just discuss things. Whether we’re unhappy about something or not, we discuss it face to face.

“If I have a problem, I knock on his door and ask if I can speak to him privately. We never address it publically or in front of the team – so far, at least. We say straight up: ‘Hey man, I wasn’t cool with that’, and he does that to me as often as I do to him.

“The other day, I was swimming in my pool — the building we live in in Monaco, there is a shared communal pool — and I guess he saw me from his apartment and came down and sat on the diving board and when I finished a few laps, we sat and talked for 20 minutes or half an hour, in a relaxed state.

“We are going to have our ups and downs and there are going to be times where we hate each other and when we like each other.

“But ultimately, when we have all retired and got kids and stuff, the respect is always going to be there.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.