Ros­berg de­fends Hamil­ton’s tac­tics

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FOR­MULA 1 world cham­pion Nico Ros­berg has said the de­bate around Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton’s tac­tics in the sea­son-end­ing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is “point­less”.

Hamil­ton ig­nored team or­ders and drove de­lib­er­ately slowly in an at­tempt to back Ros­berg into ri­vals.

Mercedes could take ac­tion against Hamil­ton, but Ros­berg said he “un­der­stood” the Bri­ton’s tac­tics.

“It’s done, it’s a thing of the past and it’s fine,” said the Ger­man, 31.

Hamil­ton, 31, went into the race 12 points be­hind Ros­berg and needed to win — with the Ger­man fin­ish­ing lower than third — to take the ti­tle.

Mercedes re­peat­edly or­dered Hamil­ton to speed up dur­ing the race, but he ig­nored their com­mands and told his team to “let us race”. Ros­berg still fin­ished sec­ond to se­cure his first F1 world ti­tle.

Speak­ing on BBC Ra­dio 5 live, Ros­berg re­fused to be drawn on the sub­ject, say­ing he “re­spected” Hamil­ton be­cause they were “re­ally good friends back in the day”.

Mean­while, The new boss of McLaren’s For­mula 1 team, Jost Capito, is de­ter­mined to re­tain Fer­nando Alonso beyond 2017.

Two-time world cham­pion Alonso is un­der con­tract un­til the end of next sea­son.

How­ever, the Spa­niard, 35, has said he wants to see how the new 2017 cars be­have be­fore de­cid­ing on his future.

“If the car and the en­gine are good, and he enjoys the new rules, there is no rea­son why he shouldn’t stay,” said Capito, who be­came McLaren Rac­ing CEO in Septem­ber.

“Fer­nando is a great as­set for the team and we should do ev­ery­thing to keep him.”

F1 is in­tro­duc­ing rules that will make the cars up to five sec­onds a lap faster, while Pirelli has been tasked with pro­vid­ing tyres on which driv­ers can push to the limit through­out races, which has not been pos­si­ble since the Ital­ian com­pany in­tro­duced frag­ile rub­ber six years ago.

Capito, speak­ing ex­clu­sively to BBC Sport in his first in­ter­view since join­ing McLaren, said his friend­ship with two-time Span­ish world rally cham­pion Car­los Sainz, who drove for the Ger­man in his pre­vi­ous role as head of Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport, had helped him form a bond with Alonso.

He said: “Car­los has a good re­la­tion­ship with Fer­nando and I have a good re­la­tion­ship with Car­los — that helped quite a lot to cre­ate very quickly a very good and close re­la­tion­ship with Fer­nando.” — BBC Sport.

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