Rosberg says he has no regrets over outburst

Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:44am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg may have handed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton a psychological edge by laying bare his emotions after last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix but he has no regrets.

"Maybe, because I’m standing here and have to answer all these questions," the German laughed after a long pause when asked whether he had 'shot himself in the foot' with his outburst against the Formula One world champion.

"But other than that, no," he added at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Thursday.

"I would do it again because I felt the need to state the facts... there was a need to discuss things after that race. Everybody said that. That’s it, I wouldn’t do anything different."

Rosberg had accused Hamilton, who won the race from pole position, of compromising his afternoon by not going fast enough at the front and potentially backing the second-placed German into the clutches of the chasing Ferraris.

He also suggested Hamilton, who ultimately set the fastest lap and went 17 points clear of Rosberg after three races, acted selfishly in putting his interests ahead of the team's desire for a one-two finish.

The Briton, who has beaten Rosberg in nine of the last 10 races and won eight of them, responded stingingly by telling reporters that Rosberg had not tried hard enough to beat him.

The title rivals fought an intense and thrilling duel in Bahrain last year, with Hamilton winning after Rosberg started on pole.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany speaks to media as he arrives ahead of Bahrain's F1 Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit south of Manama, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed