As Nico Rosberg claimed the first race victory of the season at the Australian Grand Prix, he also apologised to Lewis Hamilton for allegedly pushing him out wide at the start of the race.
Hamilton surrendered his pole position start after Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen managed to pip the Mercedes cars during the first couple turns of lap 1.
The Englishman claimed that Rosberg pushed him out wide, which lost him a couple places, and that his front wing got clipped in the process.
“I was on the outside of Nico, but he was forced wide, so I was on the grass,” Hamilton revealed.
“After that I had to fight my way back which was hard work, but I enjoyed it. It was really exciting. It’s great when you get away in the lead, but it doesn’t always go your way.”
Reflecting on the incident, Australian Grand Prix Champion offered his apologies to his teammate.
“I just realised [what happened] when Lewis was mentioning it,” said the German. “I have to look at it.”
“If I pushed him wide then I apologise, that was not my intention. I was kind of on the edge myself.”
Echoing the rest of his team, Rosberg expressed his concern that the Ferrari’s gave them a scare despite finishing off the race with a one-two victory for Mercedes.
“It’s early days but this is the perfect start,” he said.
“We have to keep an eye on the red guys, they are really close and we need to give it everything to stay ahead. It was a great fight and a great race and it’s a kickstart to the season.”