Too slow? Bahrain can settle Mercedes argument

Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:46am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain Grand Prix organizers will be rubbing their hands in delight at the prospect of Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg renewing battle at their desert circuit this weekend.

Last year the pair served up a thriller under the Sakhir floodlights and now, after each accused the other of driving too slowly in China last Sunday, they have even more of a score to settle.

Both may claim to have moved on from Shanghai but their very public spat, with Rosberg accusing world champion Hamilton of compromising his race by not driving as fast as he could have, has thrown the rivalry center stage again.

Although the team discussed the situation on Sunday, the triumphant Hamilton's subsequent comments that Rosberg did not try hard enough to overtake him and was not quick enough will have stung the German.

Rosberg is ready to turn the tables at the circuit where he made his F1 debut with Williams in 2006 and scored his first points.

"We are starting over. Lewis can drive as he pleases. It's up to him," he wrote in Germany's Bild daily on Tuesday, recognizing he had been angry with his team mate in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's race.

"There will be no big change in our relationship. I can and will turn it around in a few days and beat Lewis.

"Another one-two for Mercedes would be alright with me. But this time, it should be the German anthem playing."   Continued...

File photo of Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, south of Manama April 6, 2014.    REUTERS/Caren Firouz