Rosberg – Talks were very intense

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Nico Rosberg has revealed “very intense” discussions followed his Chinese Grand Prix furore with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton spearheaded a Mercedes one-two at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, claiming his fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory and the 35th overall of his Formula One career.

But what appeared a routine performance from Mercedes took on a fresh complexion when Rosberg later bemoaned Hamilton’s tactics.

With Hamilton attempting to preserve his soft tyres during the middle stint of the race it led to Rosberg falling into the grasp of Sebastian Vettel chasing behind in his Ferrari.

Yet following the team’s debrief, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff confirmed Hamilton was completely exonerated of any blame.

Answering questions from fans in a post-race video blog, one accused Rosberg of “crying”, to which he replied: “You said I was crying? I respect your opinion.

“I’ll keep it in mind and try to show respect when it is due.”

As to why he did not attack Hamilton in the second stint, instead calling for the team to urge him to speed up, he said: “I can understand why you are asking that because it’s maybe not so easy to understand from the outside.

“The reason is, I did try to attack him during the first stint and it just didn’t work. All l did was destroy my tyres.

“So in the second stint there was no point doing that again because Vettel was right behind and it would have really risked my second place if l had tried that as l would have just ruined my tyres completely again and Vettel would have had a really good shot at overtaking me.”

But with a reply that will have many pointing an accusing finger at Rosberg that he was wrong to lambast Hamilton, he then highlighted his own tactics.

Rosberg said: “My only chance to win the race, or to fight Lewis or to try to overtake him, would have come at the end, and that’s what I was building up to.”

Following the 29-year-old’s criticisms of Hamilton, the duo then sat down with the team to go through the grand prix and what unfolded.

“It was very intense after the race, but we had a very good sit-down and a good discussion,” assessed Rosberg.

“There was a lot of constructive criticism and now for everyone it is a thing of the past. We move on to Bahrain.”

Rosberg knows, though, where he has to improve if he is to have the upper hand over Hamilton this weekend.

“The worst part of the weekend was losing out to Lewis in qualifying, that compromised me the most,” added Rosberg, who missed out on pole by just four hundredths of a second.

“It’s all down to me to be five-hundredths quicker next time.”

Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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