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Lewis Hamilton slammed by Nico Rosberg after victory

By Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton has been exonerated of any blame en route to winning his fourth Chinese Grand Prix despite being on the receiving end of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's ire.

Rosberg effectively accused Hamilton of selfishness in the post-race press conference at the Shanghai International Circuit after finishing second to the 30-year-old for the sixth time in the last 10 races.

Rosberg suggested Hamilton was at times slow, so potentially drawing him into the clutches of a chasing Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari, who eventually finished third.

At one stage, with the gap between Hamilton and Rosberg 2.3 seconds and Vettel close behind, the German took to the radio to inform the team that "Hamilton is driving very slowly. Tell him to speed up".

It appeared a strange message as Rosberg was not close enough to pass, but seconds later, via way of explanation, he said: "If I go closer I destroy my tyres, like the first set.

"That's the problem."

That prompted an immediate message to Hamilton as he was told: "Okay Lewis, pick the pace up a little bit."

Asked about the message, Hamilton replied: "I wasn't controlling his race, I was controlling my own race.

"My goal was to look after my car. I had no real threat from Nico throughout the whole race," he added,

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, with McLaren's Fernando Alonso in 12th and Jenson Button in 14th.

Button had finished the race in 13th, but was handed a five-second post-race penalty for an accident with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado that ended the Venezuelan's race.

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