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Nico Rosberg speaks out about Lewis Hamilton's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tactics

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Newly-crowned Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has claimed that the discussions around Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's tactics during the final race of the season in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday are "pointless".

Hamilton was heavily criticised by media and fans over his tactics during the season finale in Abu Dhabi after ignoring orders from his Mercedes team and for deliberately driving slowly in an attempt to back up title rival Rosberg to allow the chasing Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen to catch up with the German.

Mercedes could yet take action against Hamilton for his behaviour during Sunday's Grand Prix in which he twice ignored his team's instructions to pick up the pace, first from his race engineer and then from Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe, with Hamilton telling his team to "let us race".  

However, Rosberg, who finished second in Abu Dhabi to secure this season's title has said that he "understood" Hamilton's tactics during Sunday's race.

"It's done, it's a thing of the past and it's fine," the German was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Hamilton denied a fourth world title

The 31-year-old Hamilton went into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 12 points behind Rosberg, requiring a win and for his team-mate to finish lower than a podium place to snatch the title from the German in the last race of the season.

Hamilton placed first on Sunday but was denied his fourth Formula One title after Rosberg finished in second place to clinch his first Formula One championship.  

Speaking in an interview following the race, Rosberg said that despite Hamilton's tactics in their season finale that he "respected" the Brit because they were "really good friends back in the day."

Rosberg won his first Formula One championship despite having fewer wins and fewer pole finishes than Hamilton this year with the latter's reliability issues earlier on in the season seemingly costing him massively.

Do you think Hamilton deserves to be criticised/punished for his tactics in Abu Dhabi? Have YOUR say in the comments below.

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