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2015-04-13 11:21

MERC'S FEUDING DRIVERS: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg vowed to put his China GP spat with Lewis Hamilton behind him. Image: AP / Andy Wong

SHANGHAI, China - Nico Rosberg has vowed to move on after his post-race run-in with team mate Lewis Hamilton in China.

Addressing his fans in a video posted on social media from the Shanghai airport, the German said "constructive criticism" had been exchanged in team meetings "and we're moving on to Bahrain".

Rosberg, who was highly critical of Shanghai race-winner Hamilton's race tactics, said: "Now it's a thing of the past."


Rosberg, who has been outshone by world champion Hamilton so far in 2015, may have been placated by the promise of action from the pitwall should Hamilton not up his pace to fend off rivals' advances in future.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he is loathe to issue "team orders", but confirmed that Hamilton had in fact been asked by radio to speed up so that Rosberg's race was not compromised by the charging Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

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Wolff said: "It could have come to a point where we would have been very firm on the radio saying 'This is what needs to be done'.

"Lewis didn't do anything wrong but we realised that Nico was at risk of falling into third place or even worse.  So there were a lot of thoughts on the pitwall.

"We were close to having (to make) such an unpopular call."

According to former F1 driver Patrick Tambay, the lasting outcome of the Shanghai saga may have been etched on Hamilton's smirk on Sunday as Rosberg laid out his complaint.

Tambay told France's RMC Sport: "Hamilton proved today (on Sunday) that he is the boss in his team."

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