'Pure respect' as Hamilton and Rosberg clear the air

Wed May 25, 2016 1:13pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Triple Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton expressed 'pure respect' for Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on Wednesday after the pair cleared the air following their Spanish Grand Prix collision.

"We stood and spoke to each other today, and no problem," the Briton told reporters after arriving in the Monaco paddock 10 days on from the opening lap incident that dumped both out of the race.

"In the past there would have been tension of some sort but now it was just pure respect: I said 'I still have all the respect for you' and he said the same so let's just keep racing."

Championship leader Rosberg, 43 points clear of Hamilton after five of 21 races, remained cagey about what was said.

"That needs to be kept internally," said the German, whose run of seven wins in a row ended in the Circuit de Catalunya gravel trap.

"What I can say is that, between the two of us, it's a thing of the past now, we're moving on with everything and the relationship is the same as before."

Hamilton indicated it was less tense, however.

"It’s just that we’re getting old. We’re good at our jobs, and we know it," he said.   Continued...

Formula One -  Australia Grand Prix - Melbourne, Australia - 20/03/16 -  Australian Formula One Grand Prix winner, Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg (R) speaks with team mate Lewis Hamilton at the post-race press conference in Melbourne.   REUTERS/Brandon Malone