Thursday 23 November 2017

No tension with team-mate Rosberg - Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton talks to the media in the paddock at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton talks to the media in the paddock at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. Photo credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton is confident he has cleared the air with his Mercedes bosses following the team orders furore at the Hungarian Grand Prix - but cannot vouch the same for team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Following Formula One's return from its summer break for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, the focus was swiftly back on the knife-edge scrap for the title between the two Mercedes stars.

At the last race in Hungary, Hamilton was surprisingly told to allow Rosberg by. Hamilton, however, declined to let the German through, citing the fact he was never close enough to make an overtaking manoeuvre.

The duo eventually finished third and fourth in the race, allowing Hamilton to close the gap on a disgruntled Rosberg in the drivers' standings to 11 points heading into the final eight races.

The situation forced Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff to implement a new code of conduct whereby the drivers will continue to be free to race, but with a new directive should circumstances arise.

Hamilton made it clear he is more than happy with how things unfolded post-Budapest as he spoke to Wolff and executive technical director Paddy Lowe, whereas Rosberg suggested via his remarks he remains less than enamoured.

A meeting involving all four men eventually took place in the Spa paddock yesterday.

Irish Independent

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