Nico Rosberg has accused Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton of being "too aggressive" in the opening turn of the USA Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, in which the pair made contact as the Englishman passed him—a move which saw the German slip to fourth from starting on pole.
According to Formula1.com, Rosberg said in the post-race press conference: "I was ahead mid-corner, and I have a right to the track there. Lewis was too aggressive, one step too far, and that's not okay."
BBC Sport's Andrew Benson painted a vivid picture of how Rosberg felt after Hamilton clinched his third world title, and added his further comments on the incident:
It's not the first time Rosberg has complained about Hamilton's tactics after losing a race to the Englishman.
There's no love lost between the team-mates, who also shared this awkward exchange after the race, per Ste. on Twitter:
The German dismissed the incident though, per Formula1.com: "The cap was nothing, just typical games."
Rosberg may have had a point in regards to his comments, however, with Sky Sports F1 confirming there was contact between the pair:
Hamilton, ultimately, went on to win the race and the drivers' championship, though it wasn't his manoeuvre at Turn 1 that handed him the victory.
Rosberg had clawed his way back into the lead over the course of the race after a well-timed pit stop under a virtual safety car gave him fresher tyres than Hamilton, but with seven laps remaining and under pressure from his team-mate, the 30-year-old slid off the track allowing Hamilton to pass.
The world champion did not comment on the incident at the start of the race, and did offer something of an olive branch to his team-mate.
Per Formula1.com, he said:
I'm buzzing inside… I can't find the right words to express the feeling but it's the greatest I've had in my life. Nico drove a fantastic race, mad respect for him as a team mate. I just can't believe I'm sitting here. To my family, I love you. To the team, thank you so much—I'm overdue a drink with the team!
It will likely take a lot more than that to repair the rivals' bitter relationship though, and their feud looks set to continue into 2016.
Rosberg will now need to turn his attention to the remaining three races as he bids to finish as runner-up behind Hamilton. The German is four points behind compatriot Sebastian Vettel, but he made important gains on him in Texas.