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Rosberg and Hamilton set to talk about Bahrain battle

Apr 17, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

Hamilton of Britain is congratulated by Rosberg of Germany on the podium after he won the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir Reuters

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will sit down today and talk about some of their moves during the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago in order to clear the air.

During the race, both drivers duelled for the lead with some tough overtaking and defensive manoeuvres, but it largely remained fair. However, Rosberg did take exception to one of Hamilton’s defensive moves, and asked the team to tell him to calm down.

“That was the only example where I came on the radio and thought it was above the limits,” Rosberg explained to journalists in China. “It was the rate at which he was pushing me out, because if the rate is too fast I would struggle to avoid the accident.

“I found the rate a little bit over the limit.”

The German driver insisted that discussing a race between teammates was normal for teams, and that there were no signs of any tension between each side of the Mercedes garage ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

“It’s completely normal that as a team, when there are races where a lot has happened, you go and sit down and discuss,” he said. “That’s very important to move forward and we will do that today – ┬ámake sure that everyone discusses, knows there are different opinions and then review it to put it behind us.

“We then move on and push on full attack. It’s a very normal process that has to happen and is natural because you need to learn from what has happened in order to move forward stronger.”

Over the years, there have been a number of great inter-team rivalries when a championship is at stake. Given its dominance of the opening three rounds of the 2014 season, Mercedes looks poised to win both titles, meaning that there could be quite a tussle between Rosberg and Hamilton for the drivers’ championship.

The two drivers have known each other for years, and were teammates way back in go-karts. Now, their friendship could be tested, but so long as the racing is fair and clean, we could be set for a fantastic title race.

  1. indycarseries500 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Didn’t see anything worse than what we normally see in F1, GP2/3, WSR, F3, etc.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Rosberg knew Hammy was on the edge of taking both of them out – and I’m sure he would have regardless of what Paddy Lowe told both of them on the radio. Rosberg is the thinker and Hammy is the carefree rock star willing to ruin it all to satiate his huge ego.

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