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Champion Lewis Hamilton sends blunt message to team mate

BEST OF ENEMIES: Lewis Hamilton (right) with Nico Rosberg

THE ONGOING spat between Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Roseberg is showing no signs of cooling off after the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who won in China, has ruled out any sort of peace talks with his frustrated team-mate. Despite Mercedes past efforts to smooth things other between the two personalities, Hamilton sees no reason for the two drivers to talk things over.

The world champion said: “I don’t know what there is to talk about, man. I grew up watching the sport. You want to see overtaking, you want to see a battle,” Hamilton, 30, added. “And now I’m in the sport you don’t want it to be too controlled. You don’t want to back off to save the tyre.

“I want the guy to be up my a--- if he’s got the pace to be up my a---, and putting pressure on me. And if you can’t defend it, you lose it, like I did in Bahrain last year. I wasn’t quick enough and I did everything I could to stay ahead. And that was the greatest race ever.

“I want to race, man. This is motor racing. Racing. Don’t take away the fun of the racing. If I was in second, or third, I would have done everything. I wouldn’t have sat back two seconds to make it to the end of the stint. If I thought I had more pace I would have tried to have got past, because that’s the best part.”

Hamilton leads the Formula One standings with 68 points with Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel in second and Rosberg third.

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