Hamilton ‘didn’t leave enough space’ – Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg offered his congratulations to team-mate Lewis Hamilton on winning the World Drivers’ Championship but criticised the Briton for his robust move at the first corner.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver felt Hamilton failed to leave the German driver enough room on the outside of the first turn at the Circuit of the Americas, forcing him off track and losing him time, and hopes to be able to discuss the issue in the future with his team-mate and the team.

“Congratulations first of all to Lewis,” said Rosberg. “He drove a strong season and deserves to win the title.

“In terms of today, this was a frustrating race for me. To lose the lead with wheelspin hurts very much. It’s even more tough because I was very happy to have recovered from the Turn 1 incident with Lewis.

“He didn’t leave enough space and drove into me, which was one step too far because I was leading in the middle of the corner. But this is something we can discuss together as a team at another time.

“I need to recover now from this tough day but I’m sure I will.”