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F1 Mexican Grand Prix: Hamilton: Tension talks with Rosberg not necessary

Lewis Hamilton feels there is no need to hold talks with Nico Rosberg after their first-lap clash in Austin and won't look to do him any favours in Mexico
Lewis Hamilton feels there is no needs to hold talks with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after their first-lap clash at the United States Grand Prix but is willing to comply if team principal Toto Wolff demands it.

Hamilton, who claimed his third F1 drivers' championship with victory in Austin last weekend, ran wide into the first corner and collided with Rosberg and pushed him off the track. The incident saw Hamilton take the lead from pole sitter Rosberg while the German slipped down to fourth as the Red Bull cars profited.

Despite the incident not having a major impact on the result of the race after Rosberg, while leading in the closing stages, ran wide on the slippery kerbs and effectively handed the race win to Hamilton, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff wants to clear the air between his drivers to avoid any friction similar to Spa in 2014.

Speaking in the F1 drivers' press conference in Mexico, Hamilton says he hasn't spoken to Rosberg about incident yet and feels it would only benefit his team-mate to 'dilute his emotions'.

“We haven't spoken and nor do I think we really need to [about Austin],” Hamilton said. “The reason for me is that I am very easy going so I never really have any problems. If Toto feels he needs to perhaps sit with Nico to see where his head is at because we obviously don't want any tension in the team.

“Generally we often do come together to keep things transparent. I don't have anything to say about it but I am sure we will sit down and see what Nico is feeling and the emotions he has, try to dilute them and move on.”

Hamilton has also been quizzed on whether Mercedes have asked him to help Rosberg in the fight for the runners-up spot with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after securing his F1 title in Austin and says he has no plans to and that it wouldn't necessarily benefit the team if he compromised his own race.

“The team haven't asked me to support him in Mexico and I am here to win the race,” he said. “The team has won the Constructors' championship so I think here on there isn't any huge benefit for the team for me to start helping but we'll see what Toto wants me to do.”

The three-time F1 champion, who has the opportunity to equal the most wins in a season record held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher of 13 if he finishes first in the last three races, also laughed off the suggestion of bad blood between his team-mate in the aftermath of the cap-throwing incident in the cooldown room post-race in Austin.

“In terms of the cap thing, it was pretty funny. I don't really have much to say about it,” Hamilton said with a wry smile.

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October 29, 2015 10:58 PM

The likes of Senna and Schumacher were happy to crash into other racers if it meant getting the desired outcome. All of this faux-outrage at Hamilton running Rosberg wide is embarrassing.

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