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2016-12-19 11:14

STILL FUMING: Lewis Hamilton is still upset after receiving backlash from his Mercedes team following his actions at the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP. Image: AP / Hassan Ammar

Charlen Raymond

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team are still at odds after the Brit lost the 2016 Formula 1 championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Daily Mail now reports that Hamilton said he was "treated with disrespect" at the season finale. Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg won the 2016 title after finishing the race in second place.

Anarchy in the ranks

The Daily Mail quoted Hamilton as saying: "'That was one of many uncomfortable moments of the year. Ultimately seeing what had been said afterwards, I felt quite disrespected by the individuals who had spoken."

"You definitely don't expect that from those who are in charge of so many people. Has the situation been resolved? 'No, it hasn't."

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Mercedes team chiefs Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda each voiced their opinions on Hamilton's actions during the Abu Dhabi GP, but Hamilton appears to be taking a dig at Rosberg - suggesting the champ needed a mental coach to take him on.

Hamilton reportedly said: "In my whole career I have never had to work with a mental coach. I find my own way. I take it as a compliment that he (Rosberg) was throwing everything and the toilet seat at it. Look at other sports. When people know they have to go up against Tiger Woods or Serena Williams, they know they have to lift their games."

Read the full Daily Mail article here.

Epic season finale

During the season-ending GP at Abu Dhabi, Hamilton and Rosberg was involved in a tussle for the championship. At the closing stages of the race, Hamilton, while leading, deliberately slowed the race pace down and backed Rosberg into the clutches of a chasing Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

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The tactics did not work, however, and Rosberg won the championship with a second-place finish.

Following the Abu Dhabi race, Rosberg retired five days after winning his championship and left Mercedes scrambling to find a replacement for the German.

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