Hamilton: Rosberg isn’t trying to win

Rosberg has cut a frustrated figure this season, with the Finn constantly falling short in his attempts to match Hamilton on race day,

Hamilton has clocked up two victories in the current campaign, with Rosberg finishing in second spot on both occasions. In addition, when Sebastian Vettel claimed a surprise victory in Malaysia, it was Hamitlon who came home in second with Rosberg in third.

Tension between the two drivers has been building, with Hamilton claiming in the wake of Sunday's race in China that he is mentally stronger than his team-mate, while Rosberg has accused the Briton of sabotaging his race.

Hamilton has added further fuel to the fire by asserting that if he was Rosberg he would be pushing hard to win.

“Nico didn’t try,” said Hamilton. “They said maybe he was just comfortable second, and I said, ‘Well, that’s the difference between us. I want to win always.’

“I would have done everything to get past, or at least pushed for three laps if I could.”

Rosberg has defended his race strategy, explaining that he was planning to attack late in the race, but wasn't able to do so. The former Williams man has asserted that it is time for everyone to move on from what happened in China and focus on this week's Bahrain GP.

"It was definitely intense after the race, but we had a very good sit down, a good discussion," he said. "There was a lot of constructive criticism, and now for everybody it's a thing of the past and we're moving on to Bahrain."