Apr 17, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT
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 – make 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.