Monday 24 October 2016

Rosberg responds to Lewis 'excuse' for loss

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has dismissed Lewis Hamilton's claim that Mercedes have been "extra warm" to him as an "excuse" for failing to win the Mexican Grand Prix.

Rosberg ended his near five-month winless streak with a flawless victory earlier this month. But sceptics speculated that Mercedes orchestrated the win for Rosberg as payback for his coming-together with Hamilton in Austin - the scene of the Briton's championship triumph.

And when the theory was put to Hamilton, who, despite his reservations, was issued a team order to pit for a second time while leading in Mexico, he mischievously replied: "I know the team has felt the need to be extra warm (to Rosberg)."

Asked what he felt his team-mate may have been alluding to, Rosberg said: "I don't know what he really meant with that.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve, and in the heat of the moment after the race he was most probably looking for some excuses for losing the win right after winning the world championship. Maybe that is how it came out."

Hamilton also claimed Rosberg did not go out of his way to congratulate him on winning his third title. A defiant Rosberg added: "He said that? That is not true. It is on TV. I congratulated him right after Austin behind the podium. He deserves to win the title so I congratulated him and I will do it again here in the interview: 'Congratulations Lewis'.

"Lewis has done a great job. I was a bit more unlucky than he was with a couple of things."

Rosberg's relationship with Hamilton appears to be at an all-time low following two successive years in which they have gone head to head for the championship. "I don't want to describe our relationship," Rosberg said ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

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