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Rosberg: Why is Hamilton such a safety freak all of a sudden?

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Nico Rosberg has all guns blazing as he bids to put his world championship campaign back on track at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix which kicks off the second half of the 2016 Formula 1 world championship.

Before the summer break, the German lost his once-significant championship lead to teammate Lewis Hamilton as the British driver strung together four wins.

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But Rosberg now says there is a clean slate for Spa-Francorchamps and beyond, “What’s happened so far this season is in the past.”

However, he is not quite ready to forget a controversy that happened in Hungary, which was still being discussed a week later at Hockenheim – and now again ahead of the weekend at the legendary Spa venue where the pair clashed famously a couple of years ago.

In Hungary this year, Rosberg had his pole winning lap investigated by race stewards and ultimately confirmed, but not before Hamilton complained to FIA race director Charlie Whiting that his teammate should have been penalised for not obeying yellow flags.

Hamilton Rosberg Spa 2014 crash

There is clearly some serious strain in the relationship between Rosberg and Hamilton, as even now Rosberg is still raising the matter with the press.

Rosberg said sarcastically: “I think it’s interesting to see how he’s become such a safety freak all of a sudden.”

“That right after a double-yellow flag, he decides to go to the people in charge and discuss it. He’s not known for being such a safety freak,” Rosberg is quoted as saying by Ben Hunt, the correspondent for The Sun newspaper.

Rosberg doesn’t hide that the Mercedes duo’s relationship is frosty, “It’s difficult with so much at stake. I just want to beat him.”

Team boss Paddy Lowe agreed with Rosberg and said at the time, “I think that [Hamilton’s complaint] was regrettable.”

“Personally, he should have kept to advice from the team and we can obtain that from Charlie as necessary. I don’t think there was any harm done. It was just a misjudgement from that point of view,” Lowe added.