Lewis Hamilton insists there is “no need” for high-level talks at Mercedes following his latest on-track clash with Nico Rosberg.
Hostilities between the two Merc team-mates threatened to boil over again following this weekend’s United States GP after Rosberg accused Hamilton of being overly aggressive.
They were going wheel-to-wheel for the lead on the opening lap when the German was forced wide, which allowed Hamilton to go through.
The Briton went on to win the race and also wrapped up the 2015 Drivers’ title, but Rosberg made his annoyance clear during the post-race press conference, saying his team-mate “drove into me, and that’s definitely one step too far”.
There were talks that Mercedes are to meet with both drivers, but Hamilton feels he didn’t do anything wrong.
“I didn’t try and push him hard, it wasn’t intentional,” Hamilton said. “I watched the replay, we were both on wets and the outside is always the grippier side. So Nico had the grippier line, but I was ahead, so it was my line.
“We went in and I started to turn but I understeered into him. He steered round and we touched.
“I don’t feel like I was aggressive, but at the end of the day I was on the inside so it was my line.
“Of course there are always those comments that come up but I would never intentionally do something like that to my team-mate.”
He added: “No need [for talks]. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but it doesn’t matter because I won the race, so I feel pretty good about it.
“I don’t go to finish second. Growing up, as a family, we never had anything handed to us. Today, absolutely we fight for position in turn one but we went in so quick and I was on the inside, so we touched.
“Fortunately no-one had any damage, Nico got back to the lead, but I was going to take him anyway. Somehow I was going to get past him in those ten laps, so I generally disagree with him.”