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2018-04-20 08:07

NOT INTENTIONAL: Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton say that there were no malicious intent when they did not shake hands. Image: AP / Hassan Ammar

China - Nico Rosberg thinks his former Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his current performance slump.

Although the reigning world champion, Hamilton looked out of form all weekend in China.

Just a phase

"It's a typical Lewis phase," said Rosberg, who was paired with Hamilton at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016.

"When things do not work out perfectly, he starts to lose his head and motivation a little and struggles for a while," the retired German told Globo.

Hamilton really suffering

"You could see from his interviews that he was really suffering and didn't really understand what was happening.

READ: Hamilton 'not in form' in 2018 - Rosberg

"Usually it's one, two or three races, and those are races where you, as his opponent in the championship, need to capitalise.

"Sebastian (Vettel) couldn't do that in China and that was a big setback for him because Lewis always comes back so strongly," Rosberg added.

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