After losing the Formula One title to Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton expressed that he did nothing wrong tactically during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton purposefully drove slowly to open up opportunities to Ferrari and Red Bull behind to join in the battle.
Mercedes AMG F1 team asked him to pick up the pace several times during the race. The British driver wanted Rosberg to finish in fourth to beat him to the title. After receiving several radio messages from the team, Hamilton replied, "right now I'm losing the world championship so I'm not bothered if I win or lose this race."
In the end, his efforts did not work and Rosberg did a good job by holding onto second place from the charging Vettel. Hamilton lost the title to his teammate by five points, despite winning his 10th race of the year.
The three-time F1 champion said he did nothing wrong despite ignoring Mercedes' orders. He said, "I don't think I did anything dangerous, I don't think I did anything unfair. We were fighting for the championship, I was in the lead so I control the pace. That is the rules."
Hamilton admits that he was anxious by the team request, "I don't know why they just didn't let us race. There was never a moment that I felt that I was going to lose the race. It is a shame but it was quite clear, their thought process, I don't know what to say.
"I was hoping he [Vettel] would close up but his tyres were going off towards the end and Nico drove well to not make mistakes.
"It was pretty chilled at the end. It may have been intense for you but not intense for me. For me, I am in a position where I had a lot of points lost during the season so for me I am out there fighting and generally never try to do anything to harm the team or the brand.
"But we won the constructors' championship so it was down to me and Nico today. However, they felt they still needed to make comments. We will discuss it afterwards as we all do."
Also, Hamilton did not forget to congratulate Rosberg about the German's performance this season. He added, "I did everything I could. Obviously, Nico had a very clean year without any real issues, to be honest. That is why we sit in this position right now. He did a fantastic job, congratulations to him. It's a great feeling to win the championship."