Nico Rosberg has hit out at Lewis Hamilton's claim he was only concentrating on his own race after the German said his team-mate 'driving slower than necessary' during the Chinese Grand Prix put him under undue pressure from Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg was running around two seconds behind Hamilton after the first round of pit-stops, but began to come under attention from Vettel during the second stint as he struggled to look after his front tyres in his Mercedes team-mate's 'dirty air'.

With Rosberg urging the team over the radio to get Hamilton to 'speed up' so as to pull away from Vettel, though he would indeed prove quick enough to head off the threat from the Ferrari driver anyway, an unmoved Hamilton says he was only focusing on controlling his own race, rather than aiding Rosberg's.

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"It's not my job to look after Nico's race, it's my job to manage the car and bring the car home as healthy and as fast as possible," he said when asked whether he heeded any message to speed up. "That's what I did, I didn't do anything intentionally to slow any of the cars up, I was just focused on myself. If Nico wanted to get by he could have tried, but he didn't."

Hamilton's words prompted a blunt response from Rosberg alongside him, saying his team-mate's attitude put him 'unnecessarily close' with Vettel.

"It's just now interesting to hear from you Lewis that you were just thinking about yourself with the pace in front when necessarily that was compromising my race," he said in response. "Driving slower than was maybe necessary in the beginning of the stint meant that Sebastian was close to me and it opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try an early pit stop to try and jump me and then I had to cover him.

"So first of all it was unnecessarily close with Sebastian as a result and also it cost me a lot of race time as a result because I had to cover him and then my tyres died at the end of the race because my stint was just so much longer. So I'm unhappy about that."

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Rosberg is the new Webber!!!

Phranc: . I would say that all the great champions of the past had to really work for their titles and did not have a money is no object career, literally thrown at them. If he is as good as he claims he is he would already be a multiple champion when in fact he only won the one he has by a fluke. Was there just a little skulduggery involve in that win maybe, just maybe.????????????????????? [\blockquote]
Hmmmm...... Schumacher, Ferrari, 2000-2004.......
great champions of the past had to really work for their titles and did not have a money is no object career ......are you sure ?!!!