- Lewis ‘pretty sure’ Rosberg suggested bill was split between 18 drivers
- Nico replies: ‘The hidden agreement usually is the champion pays’
Diners at a Shanghai restaurant on Wednesday night were treated to the sight of 18 of the current F1 drivers splitting the bill following initially disagreeing on how to pay up.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, claims to have offered to take on master duties and pay for the lot after making the booking at an Italian restaurant called The Kitchen.
That idea was apparently shot down and so the process of using 18 different cards and handing out 18 different receipts was endured.
“It was a little bit silly really, ridiculous because someone said, ‘Let’s share the bill’, so we shared a bill which is just insane,” Hamilton said with a smile.
“It probably wasn’t really that expensive. I did say ‘why don’t I just get it now, or two of us get it now, and then the next time someone else gets it’.
“And they are like ‘no, no, no. I want to pay individually’.
“We all got a receipt, 18 receipts, 18 credit cards, it was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I have never seen anything like that before.”
Asked who made that suggestion, Hamilton replied: “I am pretty sure it was Nico.”
When Hamilton’s version of events was then put to his Mercedes team-mate, Rosberg begged to differ, however, saying: “Interesting. From what I can remember the hidden agreement usually is that the world champion pays. But that might just be my opinion.”
On the plus side, it’s nice to see 18 F1 drivers out together. Hopefully this won’t sour things!