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LEWIS HAMIL­TON in­sists he did noth­ing wrong dur­ing the clos­ing laps in Sun­day’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he slowed the pace to make life dif­fi­cult for ti­tle-ri­val Nico Ros­berg. “I don’t think I did any­thing dan­ger­ous, I don’t think I did any­thing un­fair,” said Hamil­ton. “We were fight­ing for the cham­pi­onship, I was in the lead so I con­trol the pace.... That is the rules.” Hamil­ton twice ig­nored team in­struc­tions to pick up the pace, firstly from his race en­gi­neer and then from Mercedes tech­ni­cal chief Paddy Lowe, as he backed up the field to try and push Ros­berg within reach of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel of Fer­rari. Asked dur­ing a post-race news con­fer­ence if he was an­noyed by the team in­struc­tions, he said: “Not re­ally. I don’t know why they didn’t just let us race. There was never a mo­ment where I felt I was go­ing to lose the race. It is a shame that it is quite clear their thought process ... and I don’t have much to say to be hon­est.. Hamil­ton joked dur­ing one tele­vi­sion in­ter­view that he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing called in to the head­mas­ter’s of­fice. “Yeh, I’m look­ing for­ward to it and I’ll go in there with a te­quila,” he said, as the Mercedes team party be­gan all around him.

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