Nico Rosberg made no secret of his annoyance with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton following Sunday’s United States Grand Prix after his aggressive pass at the beginning of the race in Austin.
Starting second, Hamilton made a better start to get alongside pole-sitter Rosberg on the run down to turn one before forcing the German wide, causing him to drop down to fifth.
What followed was a mesmerising grand prix that saw Rosberg, Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Sebastian Vettel all look capable of winning the race at points.
With eight laps to go, Rosberg squandered a two-second lead by making a mistake and running wide at turn 16, allowing Hamilton to take the lead.
Hamilton eased home to claim his tenth win of the season and clinch his third Formula 1 world championship with three races to spare.
In the cool-down room after the race, Hamilton threw the second-place finisher Pirelli cap to a disgruntled Rosberg for him to wear, only for the German to toss it back at the Briton.
Speaking the post-race press conference, Rosberg hit out at Hamilton over his turn one move, believing that it overstepped the mark.
“Turn one for sure was very aggressive,” Rosberg said. “I haven’t seen it, so I can’t comment yet.
“For sure it was extremely aggressive. We hit each other – or I would say Lewis came into me, so obviously that’s not good.”
Rosberg also spoke about the error that cost him the lead of the race late on, putting it down to wheelspin.
“I jut got wheelspin, it’s never happened to me ever, not even in testing or racing,” Rosberg said. “I can’t explain it. Just need to look into it.
“That was really really tough at the time to lose the lead like that and to lose the win because I was feeling really good at that point.”