Lewis Hamilton says there are no issues between himself and Nico Rosberg as the pair prepare to do battle once again at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
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The Mercedes pair clashed in the post-race press conference following the Chinese Grand Prix last Sunday after Rosberg accused Hamilton of deliberately backing him up into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton laughed off Rosberg’s claims, going as far as to say that the German “didn’t try” to overtake him during the race in Shanghai.
However, the two-time world champion says the pair have since spoken about the incident and that there was no problems between them.
“That’s something we spoke about after the race. I don’t see a reason to go back into it. Obviously you know what my comments were after the race and some people have spun those words in whichever way they wanted to spin them,” Hamilton is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“But we’re moving forwards. We will reunite as a team this weekend and try to do a great job.
“There is no issue between me and Nico. We saw each other this morning and everything’s good. There are going to be times when people are unhappy about something but we’re grown-ups, we’ll move past it.”
Hamilton and Rosberg fought a gripping battle in Bahrain last year in what was without doubt one of the most exciting Grand Prix’s of 2014.
The former McLaren driver predicted a “special race” on Sunday and said he was hoping to qualify on pole for the first time in the Gulf state.
“Last year we had an amazing race here, really fantastic and great fun. It was a huge challenge for both Nico and me,” Hamilton said.
“It was the first night race here and it was the best race I’d seen visibly here in Bahrain.
“With these tyres, and with Ferrari now in the mix, I think we can see a real special race here. On my part, I’m just going to keep doing what I do and try to improve. Last year I didn’t qualify pole here – I’ve never been pole here – so that’s the challenge.”
Hamilton currently sits on top of the F1 standings on 68 points, with Sebastian Vettel 13 points adrift in second.
Rosberg rounds off the top three with 51 points.