In their own words: Rosberg and Hamilton disagree in public

This is the transcript of the angry exchange between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the post-race Chinese Grand Prix press conference.

Rosberg: "It's now interesting to hear from you Lewis that you were just thinking about yourself with the pace in front.

"Unnecessarily, that was compromising my race because driving slower than was maybe necessary at the beginning of stints meant that Sebastian was very close to me and that opened up the opportunity for Sebastian to try that early pitstop, to try and jump me, and then I had to cover him.

"So first of all it was unnecessarily close with Sebastian as a result and also it cost me a lot of race time as a result, as I had to cover him and them my tyres died at the end of the race because my stint was so much longer.

"So I'm unhappy about that of course today. Other than that, not much to say."

Compere: “Lewis would you like to respond?”

Hamilton: "Not really [laughs]! It's not my job to look after Nico's race. My job is to manage the car and bring the car home as healthy and fast as possible. That is what I did.

"I didn't do anything intentionally to slow either of the cars up. I just focused on myself.

"If Nico wanted to get by he could have tried, but he didn't."

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Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg
Teams Mercedes
Article type Press conference