Hamilton: I will try to remain respectful

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Lewis Hamilton did not change his tune despite a cooling down period of 24 hours after being beaten by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the Monaco Grand Prix, instead the Briton appears intent on fueling the tensions within the dominant Silver Arrows team with comments made in the aftermath of a drama packed weekend on the Cote D’Azure.

Speaking to the BBC, Hamilton admitted, “This weekend went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. I’m aware of it now. I’ll make sure I’m aware in the future

The already uptight vibe between the two Silver Arrows chaps took further strain after Rosberg controversially spoiled Hamilton’s final qualifying lap when he went off the road with a couple of minutes left in the session.

The mistake ensured that Rosberg kept pole for the race which ultimately proved crucial to the outcome.

Hamilton said, “The weekend’s done and dusted. We’ve got a one-two for the team. Let’s just focus on moving forward. I plan to be stronger in the next race.”

“We’ve sat down and cleared whatever air was needed to be cleared. We’ve been through the data and seen what needed to be seen. I wish you guys could see it. Otherwise, we’re good. It was a difficult weekend but what doesn’t break you will make you stronger. I can only get stronger for this weekend, I think,” added the 2008 world champion in his second year with Mercedes.

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When asked if the teammates feuding could be sustained without tears, “I think so. I think it is running successfully. It’s never going to be perfect because we’re fierce competitors, so you can never expect us to be best friends and compete as fiercely as we do. But we will remain respectful I think. Or I will try to remain respectful.”

Team boss Niki Lauda is concerned about the situation withing the team, and has predicted that matters will get worse as the title race develops.

Hamilton retorted, “Niki keeps saying that but I think generally we have done quite a good job up until now. It was as close as it could ever really be in Bahrain and we didn’t crash and so I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

Although Hamilton has four wins out of six, while Rosberg has only two, victory means the latter is again top of the points table. Hamilton’s DNF in Australia is proving costly and has the Briton on the back-foot, while Rosberg has finished all half dozen races thus far.

As for the way forward in the aftermath of a tense weekend in Monte Carlo, Hamilton ventured, “We’ll continue to do what we do, work with the team. The team is the priority and that’s what we have to keep in front. That’s what I kept my priority, the team. We want to get the points for the team. I didn’t do anything silly, just looked after the car.”

Meanwhile Rosberg, who is clearly underplaying the feud, said, “It’s fine. We’ve had discussions and the benefit we have is that we’ve known each other for so long. We always sit down and discuss it and then move on and that’s what we’re doing this weekend also.” (GP247)