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Lewis Hamilton believes that he has mentally stronger than the Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Nico Rosberg, beaten in Shanghai, re-fired old tensions with his Mercedes teammate by accusing Briton Hamilton of deliberately spoiling his race.

The German claimed Hamilton selfishly slowed during the middle part of the race, drawing him back into a chasing Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari.

“I’ve always said he is really strong mentally,” Hamilton told BBC Sport. “But I’d like to think I’m stronger this year.”

Also Mercedes top brass Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda insist Hamilton was not at fault, with the eventual one-two the best result for the team.

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton took his second win in three races this season, Rosberg clearly second best to Hamilton so far this season – as he has been out-qualified and out-raced by the Briton in all three grands prix

“If I’d been second, with lots of pace, I’d have been pushing to get past, but Nico didn’t,” Hamilton said.

“Take a step back. It’s racing. I wouldn’t have sat back two seconds to get to the end of the stint; I’d have tried to get past.”

Asked whether Rosberg was concerned about the Ferraris, Hamilton said: “I don’t know what he was thinking. I just felt great after the race.

“The set-up changes [during the weekend] worked well, I made no mistakes, I brought it home. It’s the greatest feeling.”

Team boss Toto Wolff claimed quickly after the race that Hamilton’s job was to help secure the best result for the team but later backtracked, saying neither driver was in the wrong.

He said: “It was good for Nico to complain and good for Lewis to slow down. Lewis was the car in the lead, he was in control of the pace.

“Lewis did not do it on purpose. And we’ve cleared that now. There was not any intention from Lewis to slow Nico down in order to make him finish third or worse, 100 per cent. He didn’t know the gaps behind Nico, what he knew was that he needed to take the tyre longer than we have ever run it all weekend and that is why he decided to slow down the way he did.

“Consciously, we allow competition between the two of them and all of us want to see them race. You cannot take the DNA off the racing driver and expect him not to look after himself.”

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