Over the years, Formula One has seen some epic rivalries blossom. However, in some instances, drivers have been pitted against a member of their own team.
While it’s ultimately about the individual, the Constructors championship also provides the team with an opportunity to walk away at the end of another gruelling year with something to show for their efforts.
However, it doesn’t always go smoothly, as we’ve seen with various rivalries where a battle to be crowned champion ensures that any thought of doing what’s best for the team becomes a back-seat consideration.
It’s hard to pick the best of the bunch, but here are some of the biggest rivals on F1 with some of the sports biggest names involved in some tense clashes.
Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg
Prior to his retirement, Rosberg was involved in a memorable battle with Hamilton on and off the track, as the pair fought for individual glory under the Mercedes banner between 2014 and 2016.
The German star has since conceded that their feud even split the Mercedes team, and so after promising to retire after his championship glory in 2016, the situation eased.
Time is of course a great healer, and so as noted by ESPN, Rosberg insisted last year that he hoped that he could again be friends with Hamilton given the pair have known each other from an early age.
Alain Prost vs Aryton Senna
The Hamilton-Rosberg scrap wasn’t the first experienced by Mercedes, as going back to 1988, they put bitter rivals Senna and Prost on the same roster for two years in what arguably remains Formula 1’s greatest ever rivalry.
It resulted in some dangerous situations on the track as neither would give an inch in their pursuit of individual glory, and that only intensified their feud further.
Both were incredible drivers in their own right, but naturally, the competitiveness to be top dog ensured that they arguably brought the best and worst out of each other albeit they did mend their broken relationship after Prost’s retirement in 1993.
Nevertheless, from controversial moments on the track and questionable comments off it, these two really did go at it even when put on the same team.
Daniel Ricciardo vs Max Verstappen
It’s one thing being involved in an inter-team battle, but it’s another to let it escalate too far and end up costing the team as a whole.
At the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the two Red Bull drivers were involved in a crash which saw them both wiped out of the race and earned them a reprimand from the governing body.
The pair had touched wheels twice prior to their eventual retirement and so this was far from an accidental collision with stewards eventually concluding that both drivers were at fault in what certainly wasn’t Red Bull’s finest hour.
As Verstappen and Ricciardo both continue to look establish themselves as the No.1 man at Red Bull, the team will be hoping for sense to prevail in the future as this most certainly isn’t the first and very unlikely to be the last inter-team feud we’ll see in Formula 1.