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2015 Chinese GP: A new crack in Hamilton-Rosberg relations
Nico Rosberg hits out at Hamilton in post-race press conference after Lewis claims victory in Chinese GP.

The German has reignited his argument with Lewis Hamilton by accusing his Mercedes teammate of slowing him down during the Chinese GP.

Rosberg followed Hamilton entire the race but believed his second place was in danger earlier than the second round of pit stops, when his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel began to close in on his car.

The dramatic press conference, with race winner Lewis Hamilton sitting alongside him, Nico Rosberg accused Hamilton of “unnecessarily compromising my race” by “driving slower than was necessary.”

Hamilton’s reaction – “It’s not my job to look after Nico’s race. My job is to manage to 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.”

But Rosberg said the two would discuss it with the team after the race.

“Of course we will have a discussion and we will see how it goes,” Rosberg said.

“It compromised my race massively at the time because the best possible race for Lewis was to back me off into Vettel so Vettel would try to undercut me and I would have to respond. The German added

“It was very frustrating Lewis was taking it as easy on his tyres. 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.”

Team boss Toto Wolff said: “Lewis managed his tyres and that bunched Nico a little up into Sebastian and it probably wasn’t worth it for his race. But it is about managing the tyres. We need to analyse it internally.”

Press conference in full:

Lewis Hamilton: “I wasn’t controlling his race, I was controlling my own race. A great race, though, I’m really happy. Definitely going into the race I thought it would be a lot closer. We knew that the Ferraris were very good with their long-run pace and also looking after their tyres, so today the real goal was to manage the tyres.

“As I said, my goal was to look after my own car. I had no real threat from Nico through the whole race.”

Nico Rosberg: “It’s interesting to hear from you Lewis that you were just thinking about yourself with the pace. Unnecessarily that was compromising my race, because driving slower than was maybe necessary at the beginning of stints meant that Sebastian was very close to me and that opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try that early pit-stop, to try and jump me.

“I was unnecessarily close to Sebastian as a result and it cost me race time as a result.”

Lewis Hamilton: “Not really. 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.”… more to follow

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