'The relationship is not as it used to be' - Mercedes' F1 team photographer quits

Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas takes the chequered flag to win during the F1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. Kim Hong-Ji / POOL / AFP
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas takes the chequered flag to win during the F1 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. Kim Hong-Ji / POOL / AFP
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Mercedes' team photographer has decided to leave the title-winning Formula 1 team.

Nico Rosberg's manager brought Paul Ripke into chronicle the 2016 season, which would turn out to be the German driver's championship-winning as well as final year in F1.

Rocky relationship

Ripke stayed on, but according to Bild newspaper, he has decided that Abu Dhabi will be his last race with Mercedes.

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"My first race after the summer break was Monza. I tried to do some things differently, but it did not work out well for everyone.


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"Then came Singapore and then Mexico and at some point, I realised that I was unhappy and did not want to be the team photographer anymore,"  he explained.

Ripke admits that part of the issue is his relationship with Lewis Hamilton. 

"This year is not easy with Lewis. He does not really know what he wants or what he should do with social media. And if he doesn't know that, then I'm not quite right for him. The relationship is not as it used to be," he revealed.

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