Nico Rosberg believes that his relationship with Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton has not changed despite their clash on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.
Rosberg and Hamilton crashed into each other just four corners into the race in Barcelona, ending Mercedes’ winning streak and leaving it without points.
Both the team and the FIA agreed that neither driver was completely to blame for the clash, but it did appear to stoke the fire between Hamilton and Rosberg once again.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Rosberg said that the clash has done nothing to change his relationship with Hamilton and that both have moved on.
“It’s now a thing of the past. I’m not thinking about it any more,” Rosberg said.
“We’ve been through it and now looking forward and just concentrating on Monaco. I want to try and win here and that’s it.
“If we’ve spoken or not, as always, that needs to be kept internally. What I can say is that between the two of us, it’s a thing of the past now. We’re moving on with everything.
“The relationship is the same as before. Nothing’s changed.
“Going out on track, I’m not going to thinking about Barcelona. I’m going to be doing the same as always, going flat out and trying to win this grand prix.”
Rosberg has won the last three grands prix in Monaco, meaning that victory on Sunday would draw him level with Ayrton Senna for the most consecutive wins in the principality.
“I’m aware of the statistics of course, but it’s not something I’m concentrating on or even thinking about,” Rosberg said.
“What I want to do is win this race because it’s Monaco and I love winning here. That’s what I’m thinking about.”
The Monaco Grand Prix is live across NBC, NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend.