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Rosberg denies 'Lewis can snap' comments

Monday 26-May-2014 08:44

Nico Rosberg has denied questioning Lewis Hamilton's mental strength as the Mercedes team-mate heated up in Monaco.

Prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, Rosberg is alleged to have questioned his team-mate's ability to cope with pressure.

He reportedly told the German media: "Lewis' strengths and weaknesses have not changed (since karting).

"He is incredibly fast on track, but can snap if something is not quite right for him. I know where I can beat him."

However, in the wake of Sunday's race, which Rosberg won from pole position, the German has denied every saying that.

He told PA Sport: "That is definitely far from anything I've ever said, and ever would say.

"I've known Lewis for many years and he's always been strong, among other things, mentally, so I'm definitely not expecting him to crack any time soon, that's for sure.

"It's going to be a tough battle, which is going to be ongoing, but I would never say something like that anyway."

As for his relationship with the Brit, which took a knock when Rosberg controversially prevented Hamilton from fighting for pole position, the 28-year-old believes there is nothing to worry about.

"It's fine," he said.

"We've had discussions, and the benefit we have is we've known each other for so long.

"We always sit down, discuss and then move on, and that's what we've done this weekend."

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