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Lewis: Things got so heated we wanted to 'kill' each other

By Philip Duncan

Published 09/07/2016

Shades better: Lewis Hamilton after yesterday’s practice at Silverstone
Shades better: Lewis Hamilton after yesterday’s practice at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton has admitted his rivalry with title rival Nico Rosberg became so intense that they wanted to "kill" each other.

Hamilton, fastest in both practice sessions here at Silverstone yesterday, heads into the British Grand Prix 11 points adrift of his Mercedes team-mate.

But the margin of deficit threatened to be much greater with Rosberg leading Hamilton in the closing stages of the Austrian Grand Prix before their last-lap crash.

It sparked yet another flashpoint in a relationship which has boiled over on more than one occasion in the three years which they have battled for the title.

The Spielberg collision was the fifth coming together, and the third in five races.

In May they crashed out on the first lap at the Spanish Grand Prix. Last month they banged wheels at turn one in Canada.

But Hamilton said: "Honestly up until the last race, even with Barcelona, it is the best place I have been with Nico because we talk about things.

"We get in a room, and even if we don't like it we say what our issue is and we deal with it.

"We've never had that before. Before he wanted to kill me and I wanted to kill him.

"It's important as men we take responsibilities for our actions."

Hamilton is bidding to complete a hat-trick of British Grand Prix wins tomorrow, but the build-up was soured earlier in the week after details of his reaction to crashing out in qualifying for last month's European GP emerged, a furious Hamilton taking his frustration out in the Mercedes hospitality suite by throwing a number of items around his dressing room.

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