Nico Rosberg Accuses Lewis Hamilton of Going 'Too Far' in USA F1 Grand Prix

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2015

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, smiles during a news conference after winning the world championship with is victory at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, of Germany, is at left.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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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: 

Andrew Benson @andrewbensonf1

Face like thunder from Rosberg as he waits for the news conference to start. Will he say what's bugging him?

Andrew Benson @andrewbensonf1

Rosberg on Turn One: “Very aggressive, extremely aggressive. We hit each other or I should say Lewis came into me, so that’s not good"

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:

Ste. @Ste_F1

Hashtag #Awkward https://t.co/LvvbJ4fek1

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:

Sky Sports F1 🏎 @SkySportsF1

The Mercedes drivers did indeed make contact at Turn One as Hamilton forced his way past https://t.co/Qoc3H7SQY8 https://t.co/eNcjqJTcLM

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 muchI'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.


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