Hamilton downplays tensions with Rosberg

By on Thursday, December 3, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton has downplayed suggestions that his fractious relationship is causing problems for Mercedes.

Hamilton wrapped up his third world title this season, edging out Hamilton for a third straight year as team-mates, but there was underlying tension between the pair, particularly towards the end of the campaign.

However, Hamilton says that with the pair having won 16 races in 2015 to deliver Mercedes the Constructors' championship, their rivalry is exaggerated.

"It is kind of crazy and they shouldn't really call us team-mates as such," Hamilton told BBC Radio 1.

"The problem is there are two championships – in football there is that one championship.

"For us we’ve got the Constructors', and that’s what they pay us to do, but individually we want to win the [drivers'] championship, so it is difficult.

"But this side is always blown so much out of proportion. We have had 16 1-2s [ed: 12 1-2s], so our relationship isn't really causing any problems.

"It is not like he has been distracted and not finished high up or vice versa, so I think ultimately it is easy for people to take things for granted.

"We have both done a great job. We have not caused any problems, and the energy within the team is as high as it is ever going to be, and that is because we do what we do, and how we do it. We are never going to be best friends but we somehow make it work.

"There are tension moments, but that is the same in any kind of sport I imagine."

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