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GP Week : Issue 218
Tension at the top It was a tense post-race press conference in China as a fiesty Nico Rosberg accused race winner Lewis Hamilton of compromising his race, reigniting the rivalry that grew between the two during the 2014 championship fight. "I had no real threat from Nico through the whole race so I just managed it and I got to real enjoy it to be honest," Hamilton explained of his victory. "It's interesting to hear from you, Lewis, that you were just thinking about yourself," an aggreived Rosberg responded. "Your pace was compromising my race. Driving slower than was maybe necessary meant Vettel was very close to me, and that opened up the opportunity for him to do the early stop and menat I had to cover him. That cost me race time, and as a result my tyres died as my stint was much longer." During the middle part of the race Rosberg had asked his team to speed race leader Hamilton up. Having both fitted the soft compound tyres at their first stops, Hamilton was driving conservatively to ensure his went the distance. That saw Rosberg bottled up behind his teammate and allowed Sebastian Vettel in third to close. "My job is not to look after Nico's race, my job is to manage the car and bring it home," argued the Englishman, heaping more fuel on the fire. "I didn't do anything intentionally to slow the cars up. If Nico wanted to get by he could have tried, but he didn't." 22 GPWEEK.com // 22 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: