Rosberg rivalry overblown, says Hamilton
6 June 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says his rivalry with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was "overblown" during a controversial Monaco Grand Prix weekend, which saw the latter retake the lead of championship standings.
Tensions flared between the pair when Rosberg, holding pole position after his opening run in Monte-Carlo's qualifying shootout, sealed his spot at the front of the grid when he ran wide and brought out yellow flags.
The frosty post-session atmosphere transferred to race day when, despite his persistent efforts, Hamilton was unable to find a way past Rosberg, who assumed a four-point title lead ahead of Formula 1's visit to Canada.
But having taken time to reflect on the situation, Hamilton says his relations with Rosberg remain amicable.
"I've got to say that the whole rivalry thing with Nico has been overblown. I tweeted last week to say that we're friends and that's the way it is, and the way it always has been," said Hamilton in his latest BBC column.
"In this sport you do what you need to do to win the race. Nico was on pole and I had mission impossible in trying to get round him but everyone of those millions of people watching around the world knew that I was up for the fight. And I gave it a good shot.
"Of course, all the best F1 drivers don't like losing. That's a fact. We're all here to win and people know I can't lie and pretend to be happy when I've come up short. I want to win, pure and simple."
Hamilton said he "forgot the bigger picture" in the direct aftermath of the race, and that he quickly moved on.
"I always feel better after I've slept on it," the 2008 World Champion continued.
"The next morning I get up and everything is still there outside my window. The immediate emotions start to subside, a sense of rationality taps on my shoulder and I realise that it wasn't the end of the world as I thought it had been. I still had Canada and the rest of the season to look forward to!
"I've had the most positive week since the last race. I've just got on with doing what I thought was right. I looked back and studied what had happened and then I took the initiative and called Nico and we buried it."