F1 drivers: Friends and foes?

Heated team-mate rivalries and enemies in the paddock, it’s all commonplace in Formula 1. And so, it was refreshing to see most of the grid hanging out together prior to the serious business of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s feud last season was well documented, while there have also been reports that the World Champion doesn’t have many friends in the paddock. The Briton was in attendance at a driver dinner on Wednesday though, with Felipe Massa posting a photo of the happy group with the hashtag #racingUnited.


A photo posted by Felipe Massa (@massafelipe19) on

It’s a little dark, so we’ll help you out with a rundown of who was there: (clockwise from bottom left) Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz Jr, Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton.

The only drivers that appeared not to be in attendance? Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Rio Haryanto, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer.

Rosberg also posted a photo from the event, with a special message for F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone who hasn’t spoken too fondly of recent shows of driver unity: “#racingUnited or in Bernie’s words: #windbagsunited”

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