Some anxious words between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Chinese GP post-race press conference about the “backing up” incident in second stint.
Nico Rosberg claims of being backed up by Hamilton into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel during the middle stint of the race have been flatly rejected by the Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton responds to claims by Nico Rosberg that he was ‘backing up’ his team-mate during the race: “It is absolutely not the case. I wasn’t really looking in my mirrors and I wasn’t trying to back Nico up to Sebastian.
“If he wanted to get close and overtake he could have done. He was always about four or five seconds behind.
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Post-race Press conference highlights
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.”
Asked to respond, Lewis Hamilton replied: “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…