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Long history of incidents between Rosberg and Hamilton


SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have a long history of incidents between them, even before Sunday’s last-lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Here are just some of the previous incidents between the two:

May 2014 – In qualifying for the Monaco GP, Rosberg’s bizarre mistake robs Hamilton of a chance to go for pole and Rosberg wins the race the next day.

July 2014 – Hamilton ignores team orders to let Rosberg pass at the Hungarian GP.

August 2014 – Hamilton alleges Rosberg deliberately crashed into him at the Belgian GP.

October 2015 – Hamilton forces pole-sitter Rosberg off the track at the U.S. race as he goes on to win the world title.

May 2016 – The two collide at the Spanish GP as Hamilton tries to overtake Rosberg shortly after the start.

June 2016 – Hamilton forces Rosberg off the track at the Canadian GP as they seek to catch Sebastian Vettel at the first turn, later wins the race, while Rosberg drops to fifth.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).