Hamilton dismisses Rosberg complaints

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has dismissed comments from team-mate Nico Rosberg that he compromised the German's hopes in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton led throughout but during the second stint a radio message from Rosberg urged Hamilton to go faster, with the former believing that he was being backed towards Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

But Hamilton, who went on to win the Chinese Grand Prix for a fourth time, downplayed such suggestions.

"It was a great race and really positive to have a clean weekend throughout every session," he said.

"The team did a great job. Going into today we expected it to be close with Ferrari as they had been good on the tyres on their long runs.

"The goal was to run my own race and manage the tyres as best I could; I was driving as hard as I could within the constraints of the tyres and just trying to stretch out the Option stints for as long as possible.

"I never really had a threat from Nico but I didn't do anything intentionally to slow him up. Before the second stops I was able to put in a few fast laps to build the gap which I really enjoyed.

"Then, it was a case of managing the life of the Prime tyre to the finish."

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