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Rosberg: No feud with Lewis

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After ending Lewis Hamilton's run of victories in Monaco, Nico Rosberg has played down the extent of his growing rivalry with his Mercedes team-mate - saying they are "always friends".

Rosberg and Hamilton's rivalry this season has been bubbling since Melbourne and seemed to reach a new level in Monte Carlo, starting with the former's error in qualifying which cost the Brit a chance at pole. Hamilton could not find a way through in the race and was unhappy with Mercedes' pit strategy, and said after the race he and Rosberg were colleagues rather than friends.

But despite the tense nature of the weekend Rosberg insisted this is not the case and is confident the pair can clear the air.

"We are always friends, we have always been friends," Rosberg said. "But you know, friends is a big word, what exactly is friends? We have a good relationship, we work well together, we have our moments but we've known each other for so long that the advantage is we've always had those moments and we can talk about them and move on.

"We have known each other for so long, since we were 13 when we were team-mates, that always is a base. As we have always done in the past, when there are some more difficult moments we sit down, talk about it, and move on."

The victory was Rosberg's first since Melbourne and, most importantly, the first time he has beaten Hamilton over a race distance in 2014. It handed the championship lead back to Rosberg and he believes it is just what he needed in the title fight.

"It is a special win, definitely. Lewis has had the momentum and the results and everything. I really need to try and break that momentum and I wanted to do that this weekend. Of course, taking the lead in the world championship and winning here in Monaco is great. All in all a great, great result.

"The car is really unbelievable even on a unique track like Monaco, to be so quick with this car is just great. It's a great pleasure and another one-two for the team is great."

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