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Rosberg and Hamilton in 'clear-the-air' talks ahead of Shanghai race

Mercedes teammates feel the need for 'discussion' after battle in Bahrain

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 11:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 11:02pm
 

World championship leader Nico Rosberg said the Mercedes team would sit down and clear the air between him and Lewis Hamilton after their battle in Bahrain.

Hamilton held off his clearly quicker teammate over the final few laps to win his second race in a row after a ding-dong duel, during which Rosberg complained over the radio, "That's not on."

Rosberg yesterday said it had "taken a while" to get over coming second to Hamilton, but that he was fully focused on Shanghai this weekend "because I know I can win here".

We will make sure everyone knows the different opinions and we will review to be able to put it completely behind us
Nico Rosberg

"It was an enjoyable fight, during the race anyway," added Rosberg, who scored his maiden victory in China two years ago.

The German driver's outburst came after the pair came "so close I couldn't have got my hand between the two wheels". But he added they would iron out any differences at a team meeting.

"It's completely normal that, as a team, when there are races when a lot has happened that you're going to go and sit down and discuss it," he said.

"We will make sure everyone knows the different opinions and we will review to be able to put it completely behind us. It's natural and needs to happen to move forward and be even stronger."

Rosberg and Hamilton are no strangers to on-track battles, going back to their karting days as teenagers.

"There have been so many occasions," said the German. "Even when we were 12 or 13. And there have been 'intense' discussions afterwards. But we always move on afterwards."

Hamilton, the victor in Bahrain, and in Malaysia in the previous race, said it had been "quite an exciting race".

"It was a bit more like a go-kart race. A great race, I hope there are more races like that during the year," said the Briton. "You don't see it too often."

But Hamilton cautioned that people should not think that everything was now right with the new-look Formula One after one exciting race, which followed two Mercedes parades in Australia and Malaysia.

"That's the thing in this sport. You have one good day and it changes opinion. It does show that there are some good things about, but there are still some things to improve."

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