Rosberg and Hamilton set to talk about Bahrain battle

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will sit down today and talk about some of their moves during the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago in order to clear the air.

During the race, both drivers duelled for the lead with some tough overtaking and defensive manoeuvres, but it largely remained fair. However, Rosberg did take exception to one of Hamilton’s defensive moves, and asked the team to tell him to calm down.

“That was the only example where I came on the radio and thought it was above the limits,” Rosberg explained to journalists in China. “It was the rate at which he was pushing me out, because if the rate is too fast I would struggle to avoid the accident.

“I found the rate a little bit over the limit.”

The German driver insisted that discussing a race between teammates was normal for teams, and that there were no signs of any tension between each side of the Mercedes garage ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

“It’s completely normal that as a team, when there are races where a lot has happened, you go and sit down and discuss,” he said. “That’s very important to move forward and we will do that today –  make sure that everyone discusses, knows there are different opinions and then review it to put it behind us.

“We then move on and push on full attack. It’s a very normal process that has to happen and is natural because you need to learn from what has happened in order to move forward stronger.”

Over the years, there have been a number of great inter-team rivalries when a championship is at stake. Given its dominance of the opening three rounds of the 2014 season, Mercedes looks poised to win both titles, meaning that there could be quite a tussle between Rosberg and Hamilton for the drivers’ championship.

The two drivers have known each other for years, and were teammates way back in go-karts. Now, their friendship could be tested, but so long as the racing is fair and clean, we could be set for a fantastic title race.

Alonso enjoys maiden Toyota LMP1 test, ends as second-fastest rookie

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Fernando Alonso took his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 by testing an LMP1 car for the first time with Toyota in Bahrain on Sunday.

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso has made no secret of his desire to race at Le Mans, having signed a deal to race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January as preparation for a possible entry at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Toyota confirmed after Saturday’s FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain that Alonso would be testing its TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car in the traditional rookie test on Sunday.

Alonso was given the car for the bulk of the five-hour test day following an initial shakedown by Sebastien Buemi, completing 113 laps in total – more than any other driver – and posting a best lap time of 1:43.013.

“It was a great day,” Alonso said. “Testing an LMP1 car is always a nice thing for any racing driver because these cars are amazing to drive. They are very consistent throughout a stint which is a positive thing.

“I have wanted to test a car like this for a long time now and today I could achieve that, so I am happy.”

However, Alonso did not finish as the fastest rookie, with that honor instead going to Pietro Fittipaldi, who was the final driver to drive the Porsche 919 Hybrid ahead of the closure of the German marque’s LMP1 program.

Alonso is now set to head back to Europe before a test in United Autosports’ LMP2 car on Tuesday as part of his Daytona preparation, before then returning to the Middle East for the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi next weekend.