Nico Rosberg’s teammate says he has no problem with Lewis Hamilton’s Toronto shenanigan

Lewis Hamilton can bask in his first win of the season, after a controversial Sunday in which he clocked the fastest time of the day only to be taken off the podium following a double-dip penalty. Hamilton finished 2.4 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg, who was just passed by two races into a four-year contract with Mercedes.

Qatar drivers took to Twitter to enjoy the victory, but weren’t oblivious to the raging controversy surrounding Hamilton.

I have no problem with what Lewis did this weekend – the double accident I had at the beginning was pretty similar to that which he deliberately ran into. He raced me too hard. — Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) October 1, 2017

On the inside it was not easy to find my lap today, but I still managed to come in 4th. No excuses I really didn’t have a chance to overtake Lewis — Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe) October 1, 2017

On the inside it was not easy to find my lap today, but I still managed to come in 4th. No excuses I really didn’t have a chance to overtake Lewis — Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe) October 1, 2017

Hamilton said he came into the race fully prepared to fight for victory. But his defense of his controversial tactics on two occasions almost cost him the win, after he was hit with a grid penalty for his 13th pit stop. After blocking Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg was sent to the back of the grid for abusing Hamilton, and then had his front wing torn off and was penalized.

Bild am Sonntag, October 1st 2017: Second-placed Nico Rosberg of Germany expresses regret for this double yellow flag attack on Lewis Hamilton during the fourth lap of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Just a few meters apart on the ninth lap, Rosberg struck Hamilton on the inside and held his position by using high speed braking tactics. The Mercedes was unhurt, but the collision caused a dramatic turn of events with the German adding: “My intentions were to correct him.”

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