Nico Rosberg tells F1 to 'drop' Lewis Hamilton controversy

Nico Rosberg in action at the Spanish GP on May 14, 2016
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World champion Nico Rosberg says that F1 should "drop" the current discussion about teammate Lewis Hamilton's tactics in Abu Dhabi.

World champion Nico Rosberg has said that Formula 1 should "drop" the current discussion about teammate Lewis Hamilton's tactics in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton is being criticised, and Mercedes are reportedly considering sanctioning the Briton, after he deliberately backed Rosberg into chasing rivals on Sunday.

Rosberg told BBC radio on Tuesday that he can "understand" why the team is upset.

"But at the same time, it's easy to understand his perspective," said the German. "It's about the world championship so you can understand that he wanted to try whatever it was possible to do.

"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."

Rosberg's second-place finish in Abu Dhabi saw him clinch the title by five points.

British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates next to second placed Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg on the podium after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix motor race at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 7, 2014
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7Renault14
8Haas9
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
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21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0