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Rosberg eager to discuss 'above limits' driving with Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg felt Lewis Hamilton was "above the limits" at times during their battle in Bahrain © Getty Images
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Nico Rosberg is looking forward to sitting down with Lewis Hamilton to clear the air after their tense battle for the lead at the Bahrain Grand Prix, after he felt his team-mate stepped over the limit on one occasion.

The Mercedes team will talk through the wheel-to-wheel duel on Thursday in China to make sure both drivers have their say. Rosberg said there was one moment when he felt Hamilton moved across on him too quickly.

"That was the only example where I came on the radio and thought it was above the limits," he said. "The rest of the examples were really tough racing but with the necessary respect.

"It was the rate at which he was pushing me out, because if the rate is too fast I would struggle to avoid the accident. If you're on the inside you are the boss as long as you are in front, and it was just cms off me being in front in Turn 4 sometimes and I just didn't manage to get those five or ten cms in front. I was even, and as long as you're even it's the inside that has the say.

"But I found the rate [that he moved over] a little bit over the limit, which is why I said over the radio because I found it a bit over the limit."

But Rosberg said there was nothing unusual about sitting down to discuss the previous race ahead of a new grand prix weekend.

"It's completely normal that, as a team, when there are races where a lot has happened that you go and sit down and discuss. That's very important to move forward and we will do that today [Thursday]; make sure that everyone discusses, knows there are different opinions and then review it to put it behind us. We then move on and push on full attack. It's a very normal process that has to happen and is natural because you need to learn from what has happened in order to move forward stronger."

Asked if he thought there was more of the same to come, Rosberg said: "If I had a choice I would prefer to go into the distance in the front, but it's more likely that it's going to be a close battle, which is also okay. It was a big thrill during the race, not after the race, but during the race it definitely was. It was really enjoyable and an enjoyable fight, which is what racing is about."

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