Hamilton thinks he can deal with situations like Senna

By Jerome Pugmire, AP, 24 May 2014
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The incident during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix fuelled the growing rivalry between Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, with the Briton insinuating afterward that he would get revenge.

Rosberg took pole position for the race ahead of Hamilton on Saturday after making a late error that left his Mercedes teammate visibly irate at missing out on a shot at qualifying in first place.

Although reluctant to discuss the incident in the post-qualifying news conference, Hamilton was later asked if the situation within Mercedes now compares to the internal rift between the late Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, who had an extremely tense relationship racing against each other for McLaren in the late 1980s.

Quizzed by British broadcaster BBC if his relationship with Rosberg was heading the same way, Hamilton responded "essentially" before adding: "I don't know if Senna and Prost sat down and talked it out. I quite like the way Senna dealt with it, so I'm going to take a page out of his book."

In 1989 Prost took out Senna late in the Japanese Grand Prix to win the title. At the same circuit a year after, Senna did the same to Prost, then with Ferrari, on the first turn to clinch the championship.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff played down the incident.

"I don't think anybody does that deliberately. He missed his braking and he took the exit. That's it," Wolff said. "There is no difficulty in managing this situation of the drivers. We have spoken to them in the debrief and it was all OK."

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Edited AP report

 

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