Nico Rosberg has conceded that Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton probably deserved to win the Japanese Grand Prix, although the result was not foremost in either man's mind.

Rosberg crossed the line nearly ten seconds behind his team-mate when red flags brought a premature end to proceedings, the inevitable outcome after an accident involving Marussia's Jules Bianchi. Both Rosberg and Hamilton appeared distracted during the obligatory post-race interviews but, after acknowledging that his thoughts were with the Frenchman, Rosberg admitted that his own afternoon had not been able to match up to his title rival's.

The German had led from pole position once the field was released from behind the safety car and, initially, appeared to be edging away from Hamilton. But, as the points leader closed the gap between them, it became obvious that Rosberg was struggling more with the handling of his W05.

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"I was definitely not happy with my balance, but I think we had pretty much the same set-up, so Lewis must have had the same oversteer," he reflected, "We improved it at the pit-stop by putting the front wing down, so that was a bit better, but still not good.

"We need to look into that but, all in all, Lewis just did a better job today and deserves to win. Second place is damage limitation but, taking everything into consideration, it was very, very difficult conditions out there and seven points lost to Lewis, there's worse than that..."


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The really telling point was how quickly Hamilton pulled away from Nico once he had completed the overtake.
Once again it shows that when the two of them go mano-a-mano, Hamilton usually has the beating of Rosberg.
However all this seems utterly irrelevant when you consider what happened to Bianchi.