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Hamilton cool on Rosberg row

May 26, 2014 09:26:01 UK

Lewis Hamilton has said he expects he and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to move on from a controversial Monaco Grand Prix and continue to race against each other.

Hamilton’s run of four successive wins came to an end on the glamorous and tight streets of the principality as Rosberg sealed a lights to flag success.

It followed a controversial qualifying incident in which Rosberg was found not guilty by the stewards of deliberately out-braking himself heading into Mirabeau in the final session.

Former world drivers’ champion Hamilton also complained of a problem in his left eye which put paid to his hopes of reeling in his team-mate.

“This weekend went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. I’m aware of it now. I’ll make sure I’m aware in the future,” Hamilton said.

The Mercedes drivers barely acknowledged each other at the post-race podium ceremony but Hamilton insisted he had no issue with Rosberg and was happy to move on.

“I think so,” he said. “I think it is running successfully. It’s never going to be perfect because we’re fierce competitors, so you can never expect us to be best friends and compete as fiercely as we do. But we will remain respectful I think. Or I will try to remain respectful.”

It was the first time Rosberg had beaten Hamilton on track in a race this season and the German said the weekend’s controversy was part and parcel of Formula 1 racing.

Rosberg said: “It’s fine. We’ve had discussions and the benefit we have is that we’ve known each other for so long. We always sit down and discuss it and then move on and that’s what we’re doing this weekend also.”

Lewis Hamilton is currently priced 1.53 to win the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix and 1.40 in the 2014 world drivers’ championship outright betting.

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