Nico Rosberg 'anger' at Lewis Hamilton will not affect Mexican GP

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Rosberg in 'full attack mode' for race
Mexican Grand Prix coverage details
Venue: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Starts: 1 Nov at 1900 GMT
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary, plus TV highlights of the race. Full details here.

Nico Rosberg says his anger at Lewis Hamilton's driving in the title-deciding US Grand Prix will not change his approach to Sunday's Mexican GP.

The German, who described a passing move Hamilton made at the first corner in Austin, as "extremely aggressive", took pole from Hamilton on Saturday.

Rosberg said his annoyance would not spill over into the Mexico race.

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"It's no different. It's going to be a battle and what's in the past is in the past and we move forward," he said.

Hamilton added: "The same as he's just said."

The remarks came in response to a question about whether they needed to have a conversation about the start to ensure they did not endanger the team's interests.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who qualified third and was sitting with them in the official post-qualifying news conference, tried to make a joke of the situation.

He looked at Hamilton and said: "If you have a go, can you make sure you take both of you out so I can go through? Yes? No?" Vettel then looked at the compere and said: "I tried."

His remarks were greeted with tight-lipped smiles from both Mercedes drivers.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
There was tension between the Mercedes drivers in Austin when Hamilton overtook Rosberg at the first corner

Rosberg beat Hamilton to pole at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez by 0.188 seconds, to grab pole for the fourth consecutive race.

He has converted none of the previous three into victories, suffering a retirement in Russia and then being passed by Hamilton with uncompromising moves at the start in both Japan and the USA.

Rosberg was also angry with himself in Austin last Sunday after losing control of the car while leading late in the race and handing victory and thus the title to Hamilton.

US Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg throws cap at Lewis Hamilton

In the pre-podium room there, Hamilton tossed the second-place cap to Rosberg as it was time to go out on to the podium, only for the German to throw it back at his team-mate.

Team boss Toto Wolff dubbed the incident "cap-gate" as a result of the media storm surrounding it.

Wolff joked Rosberg's performance in Mexico had been motivated by "anger".

Rene Arnoux and Nico Rosberg

But Rosberg said: "No, definitely not. There's no difference, it's attack like always. It's three more races to go, great to be here in Mexico, great track, I really enjoy driving here, so business as usual."

Hamilton said he was not too perturbed about starting second because the long straight on the run to the first corner gave him a chance to slipstream his team-mate and take the lead.

He said: "Actually it's one of the best spots to start, second or third because it's a long, long way down to Turn One. Just as in Russia.

"I don't know if it's longer than Russia but I'm quite happy with my spot. The races have always proved to be quite good ones for me so I'm excited."

The event will take place in front of a sell-out crowd of at least 100,000 fans as F1 returns to Mexico for the first time in 23 years on a track extensively remodelled since Nigel Mansell won the last event here on his way to the 1992 world title.

Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell won the last grand prix to be held in Mexico on his way to the 1992 F1 drivers' title

Mexican Force India driver Sergio Perez has been receiving ecstatic support from his home fans, supported by rousing cheers every time he passes one of the packed grandstands, especially in the section of slow corners that wind through a baseball stadium at the end of the lap.

There will be BBC coverage of the Mexican Grand Prix from 18:00 GMT on 5 live and on this website, with highlights on BBC One at 22:30.

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