Hamilton crash in the past, says Rosberg


Nico Rosberg is not going to dwell on his first-lap crash with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Formula One championship leader saw his race end early after jostling for position with Hamilton - who he had overtaken off the line - after turn three when he forced his rival onto the grass as he defended his position.

That caused Hamilton's car to spin and collide with his team-mate, forcing both cars into the gravel and out of the race in dramatic fashion, allowing Max Verstappen to claim victory on his debut for Red Bull.

It is not the first time the pair - who have battled for the drivers' title in the past three seasons - have come together, but Rosberg says the latest incident should be put in the past..

"It is always very hard work because we are fighting for the championship in the last three years," he said.

"But, on the other hand, we're also running for the team at the same time, so it's hard work but also nice, because we push each other. 

"Obviously it didn't go well for us on Sunday, but our relationship remains as before.

"I don't even think about it anymore, for me it's way in the past and it surprises me that people are talking about it.

"But I understand it. For me, though, it's over."

The crash ended Rosberg's seven-race winning streak which stretched back to the end of last season.