Lewis Hamilton admits he hasn’t spoken to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following their bitter clash in Texas, preferring instead to soak up the adulation of being a three-time world champion.
The British driver secured the 2015 Formula One title with victory at the United States Grand Prix last Sunday, emulating childhood hero Ayrton Senna as a triple champion.
But it didn’t come without controversy as Rosberg blasted Hamilton for his driving tactics on the first turn at the Circuit of the Americas.
The glum-faced German in turn attracted criticism for his petulance when he threw a cap at his teammate as the two men waited for the presentation ceremony.
The incident has already been dubbed “Capgate”.
“We haven’t spoken and I don’t think we really need to. The reason for me is I am very easy going, so I never have any problems,” said Hamilton.
“(Team boss) Toto Wolff feels that he needs to perhaps sit with Nico to see where his head is at, because we don’t want tension in the team.
“Generally we do come together and keep it transparent. I don’t have anything to say about it, but I am sure we will sit down and see what Nico is feeling and whatever emotion he has, then try to dilute them and move on.”
Hamilton also dismissed suggestions that he would now race to support Rosberg’s bid to finish second in the championship, ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
“No-one has asked me to do that, but we can see what Toto wants us to do,” he said.
And with a broad grin, he also laughed when asked about the tensions betrayed when Rosberg threw the podium ceremony cap back at him last Sunday.
“The cap thing? That was pretty funny,” he said. “I don’t really have much else to say about it…. I will keep pushing.”