Lewis Hamilton has been the subject of a rant from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after winning the China Grand Prix.
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The 30-year-old was in the lead throughout the race, easily holding off his rival and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. However, his German teammate was unhappy with when he appeared to back him in to his third placed countryman Vettel. Apparently the pair had spoken about the Brit’s selfishness before the encounter.
He said: “It compromised my race massively because the best possible race for Lewis was to back me off into Vettel. Interestingly, he said he was just thinking about himself and that says it all. What upset me is we went through exactly that before the race.”
Hamilton denied this, saying: “It’s not my job to look after Nico’s race. My job is to manage the car and bring the car home as fast as possible and that’s what I did. I didn’t do anything intentionally to slow the cars up. If Nico wanted to get by he could have tried, but he didn’t.”
With the Mercedes so much faster than their other competitors this is unlikely to have made a massive difference in the title race. Even so it is just the latest in a string of disagreements between the pair, who seem to have moved on from their childhood friendship. It puts in to doubt how long both can stay in the same team.