Help­ing Ros­berg not in Hamil­ton plans

The Herald - Sport - - GYMNASTICS//F1/IPC - PHILIP DUN­CAN

LEWIS HAMIL­TON says he has no in­ten­tion of help­ing Nico Ros­berg se­cure sec­ond place in the For­mula One driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship, and re­vealed he has yet to dis­cuss their first­corner clash in last week­end’s United States Grand Prix.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said he would speak to Hamil­ton over the in­ci­dent in which the team­mates banged wheels on the exit of turn one. Hamil­ton emerged in the lead while the Ger­man slipped to fifth.

Ros­berg was seething with Hamil­ton af­ter the race, de­scrib­ing his driv­ing as “ex­tremely ag­gres­sive”. While Hamil­ton went on to win and se­cure an unas­sail­able lead in the cham­pi­onship, Ros­berg is third in the stand­ings, four points adrift of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel with three races left.

“We haven’t spo­ken and I don’t think we re­ally need to,” Hamil­ton said. “The rea­son I think we don’t need to have talks is I am quite easy­go­ing and don’t have any prob­lems.

“If Toto feels he needs to per­haps see Nico to see where his head is at ... gen­er­ally we try to keep things trans­par­ent but I am sure he will sit Nico down to see what he’s feel­ing and emo­tions he has and try to move on.”

Asked whether he would help Ros­berg fin­ish sec­ond, Hamil­ton added: “The team have not asked me to play that role. I am here to win the race.

“The team have al­ready won the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship, so from here on I don’t think there will be a huge ben­e­fit for the team, but I will see what Toto wants me to do.”

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