Rosberg says Hamilton’s tactics ‘In the past’
Finishing second behind Hamilton was enough to give the German driver his first title, despite Hamilton’s desperate attempts to back his rival into the chasing pack consisting of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.
Had Rosberg finished lower than third, with Hamilton maintaining his position as race leader, the British driver would have instead clinched the Championship. Hamilton was subsequently admonished by his bosses at Mercedes for his action during the closing stages of the race.
Reports continue to suggest that Hamilton may yet be visited by team bosses, but Rosberg has attempted to defuse the situation.
“In terms of his tactics in the last race, you can understand the team’s perspective that they weren’t too happy with that,” Rosberg said.
“But at the same time, it’s easy to understand his perspective. It’s about the world championship, so you can understand that he wanted to try whatever it was possible to do.
“He did a really good job of it; he did it perfectly because I had no chance to try to overtake him.”
When asked by BBC Radio if he would have tried a similar ploy, Rosberg said: “That’s too hypothetical, so there’s no point in going into that.
“We can just drop the whole discussion. There’s no point discussing this topic any more. It’s done and it’s in the past.”