Rosberg and Hamilton agree to disagree

Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:50pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) - Championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton appeared at odds again, if not poles apart, on Thursday before renewing their Formula One title battle in Belgium.

Returning to work after the long August break, both drivers were asked about a "team orders" controversy that erupted at the previous race in Hungary.

Rosberg indicated they had discussed the situation and moved on. Hamilton said there had been no talks between the two and saw no need for any.

"I gather it was a bit of a mess afterwards, after Hungary, so it’s best I don’t add too much, I think, and I continue to not give too many details," Rosberg told a news conference without Hamilton present.

"In general, of course, we discussed it after the race – just because it’s important to review a situation like that and know how to move forward.

"Now we’re moving forward but, of course, I have also learned various things from that race which I will try to adapt for the future," added the German, relaxed after a vacation on the Italian islands of Capri and Ischia.

Rosberg is 11 points ahead of Hamilton after 11 of 19 races, despite the Briton having won five times to his four for the sport's dominant team.

In Hungary, Hamilton had started in the pitlane and last while Rosberg was on pole and seemingly headed for a comfortable victory.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany attends a news conference ahead of the weekend's Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Yves Herman