Rosberg accuses Hamilton of compromising race

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg has accused Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton of compromising his race at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton controlled proceedings but Rosberg feels that the Briton backed him into Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during the second stint of the race.

Hamilton was asked during the post-race press conference for his thoughts about Rosberg asking Mercedes to implore Hamilton to up his pace during the race, to which the World Champion replied, "I wasn't controlling his race, I was controlling my own race."

Rosberg, who ultimately finished second to Hamilton, was not amused.

"It's just now interesting to hear from you Lewis that you were just thinking about yourself with the pace in front when necessarily that was compromising my race," he said.

"Driving slower than was maybe necessary in the beginning of the stint meant that Sebastian was close to me and it opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try an early pit stop to try and jump me and then I had to cover him.

"So first of all it was unnecessarily close with Sebastian as a result and also it cost me a lot of race time as a result because I had to cover him and then my tyres died at the end of the race because my stint was just so much longer. So I'm unhappy about that."

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