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Formula One: Mercedes in emergency talks after Rosberg blow-up

AFP , Monday 13 Apr 2015
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car on the way to finishing second in the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Sunday, April 12, 2015 (Photo: AP)
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Mercedes held emergency talks with their bickering drivers after Nico Rosberg furiously criticised race-winner Lewis Hamilton's tactics at the Chinese Grand Prix.

With relations on a knife-edge before this weekend's Bahrain race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff moved swiftly to prevent things spiralling out of control – as they did last year when Rosberg drove into Hamilton in Belgium.

Wolff took a dim view of the German's accusation that Hamilton had intentionally held him up with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in hot pursuiton Sunday.

"It needs to be contained without any escalation," Wolff said, flatly denying Hamilton had tried to wreck Rosberg's chances. "Lewis didn't do it on purpose. We have cleared that now – there wasn't any animosity."

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