Nico Rosberg says the time has come to move on from his controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix as he bids to consolidate his championship lead with another Monaco Grand Prix success.
Rosberg and Hamilton retired on the opening lap of the Barcelona race when they came together on the run to turn four, Hamilton spinning into his Mercedes team-mate when he was forced onto the grass as he attempted to retake the lead.
Though Rosberg felt his move to defend from Hamilton was 'clear', Mercedes concluded the clash as a racing incident, with the German now keen to move on from the disappointment.
“I was gutted after what happened in Spain - for myself, but mostly for the team. We're in this together and I know how hard everybody works to make these amazing cars, so for us to leave them both in the gravel is the worst possible scenario. But we've talked it through and now it's time to leave it in the past.
Despite the non-score in Spain, Rosberg heads to Monaco – where he has won for the last three seasons – protecting what remains a comfortable 39 point lead over Kimi Raikkonen.
“It's one of my home races next in Monaco - the ultimate driver's track. It's where I grew up and where I still live today, so that always makes it a special weekend. I have memories from every corner going right back to my school days and I always have great support there from my family, my friends and the fans, which gives you that extra boost through the weekend.
“It's been amazing to win there for the past three years - but I know it will be tough to repeat that with Lewis, the Ferraris and the Red Bulls all so strong now. I'm feeling confident, so bring on the battle!"