'Selfish' Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in China

Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:56am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton shrugged off accusations of selfish driving from beaten team mate Nico Rosberg on Sunday after the Formula One world champion led Mercedes to a Chinese Grand Prix one-two finish.

If the race ended in anti-climax, with the safety car deployed for the last two laps, the sparks flew afterwards when a seething Rosberg said Hamilton had compromised his race by driving too slow..

The flare up of tensions between the two, so evident last year, sent Mercedes bosses into fire-fighting mode when they might have hoped to have celebrated reasserting their dominance over Ferrari.

The team's non-executive chairman and former triple champion Niki Lauda made clear whose side he was on.

"Sure, everyone drives selfish," commented the Austrian. "What do you think these guys are here to do? I call them egocentric bastards.

"That is the only way to win and the only way to win the championship."

Hamilton, who led from pole position and controlled the race pace to Rosberg's discomfort, was unrepentant after celebrating a 35th career win -- and fourth in China -- that left him 13 points clear at the top after three races.

"It's not my job to look after Nico's race," said the Briton, who could point also to the fact that he ended the day with the fastest lap of the race.   Continued...

Winner Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (L) of Britain stands in front of his team mate second placed Nico Rosberg of Germany on the podium after the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song