Nico Rosberg instigated a bizarre press conference exchange with Lewis Hamilton after claims the German blocked his Mercedes team-mate in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying.
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It appeared as if Rosberg purposefully refused to concede the racing line to Hamilton despite abandoning a final attempt to secure pole position whilst the reigning World Champion attempted a final flying lap.
Despite this, Hamilton still managed to snatch top spot in dramatic fashion.
Pretending to be a journalist, Rosberg raised his hand in the press conference and said:
“Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas,” reports Daily Mail.
“There are a lot of comments on Twitter saying Nico blocked you. Is it true he blocked you on your second timed lap?”
To which Hamilton responded: “I think you should probably ask him. I think he’ll have a good opinion on that.”
The Mail claims the room of assembled pressed then laughed at the uncomfortable situation but that Rosberg seemed particularly perturbed, shook his head twice and said: “That’s not funny.”
Whilst it turned out the incident didn/t affect the proceedings with Hamilton already securing pole and Rosberg third fastest, it is the latest controversial incident between teammates who have a history littered with bitter spats.
Rosberg was later asked by a journalist whether he had indeed tried to stop Hamilton in his final lap, but the German denied this.
“You best ask Lewis about that,” he said according to the Mail.
“No, it is not even a relevant discussion because we were both on slow-down laps at that point in time. And that was very, very clear.”