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F1 Champ: No tension with German rival now

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has said that the tension with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has disappeared and added that he is still praying for Michael Schumacher to make a full recovery.

F1 Champ: No tension with German rival now
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes' end of season party in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

Hamilton's victory at Abu Dhabi in last Sunday's season finale saw him crowned world champion for the second time as he finished 67 points ahead of Rosberg after their battle for the 2014 title went to the wire.

The pair appeared at Mercedes' end of season party in Stuttgart in front of 50,000 fans with Hamilton saying all the friction between the pair during the season is now long gone.

"All the tension disappears and we have gone back to being two normal individuals, talking about the normal things guys talk about," said Hamilton when asked about relations with his team-mate.

Rosberg, who resumed testing on Tuesday, is already looking ahead to the 2015 season.

"I didn't reach my big goal, but there was a lot of positive things to take from the season and things I can perhaps do differently. I will focus on 2015," said the German.

Hamilton's contract expires at the end of next season and the Briton was relaxed about extension talks.

"I feel at home here and I also still have a contract until 2015, so there is no rush," he said with Rosberg under contract at Mercedes until 2017.

"I hope we can sit down and talk about it before Christmas."

Hamilton said he hopes to start a new era with Mercedes to dominate the world drivers championships in the seasons to come.

"It is totally possible, this is definitely the start of something special," added Hamilton who won his first world title in 2008.

"We have a great team and awesome management, we can build on that and if we continue what we have started this season, I don't think it's impossible.

"Many drivers will never be world champion, so you have to be grateful when it happens.

"I am very proud of what I have achieved so far with these two world titles."

Hamilton also revealed he prays for Formula One legend Michael Schumacher as Germany's seven-time world champion recovers from serious head injuries suffered in a skiing accident last December.

The Briton said he also often thinks of French driver Jules Bianchi who has been in a coma since October 5 after a crash in Japan.

"I often include Michael in my prayers, it is not easy to think that anything can happen in Formula One," said Hamilton.

"Just like with Jules Bianchi. He is such a talented guy — then he had a really bad accident. I hope both of them will get better soon."

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BIRTH

Rosberg ‘overwhelmed’ by birth of daughter

Star Formula One driver Nico Rosberg confirmed on Monday that he and his wife Vivian are now the parents of a baby girl, saying the couple were “overwhelmed and totally in love”.

Rosberg 'overwhelmed' by birth of daughter
Formula One Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg with his wife Vivian. File photo: DPA

The Mercedes driver tweeted in both German and English to confirm the news of his “full moon baby girl” arriving.

And he added a thank you to staff at the Princess Grace hospital in Monaco in French, writing that they had been “fantastic”.

The Rosberg family didn't immediately say what they would choose to call their baby girl, their first child following their wedding in 2014.

But the Silver Arrows racer won't have much time to deliberate before he appears in Monza, Italy on Thursday in advance of the Italian Grand Prix next Sunday.

Whether Rosberg is able to better his second-place finish behind teammate Lewis Hamilton at last week's Belgian Grand Prix or buckles under the strain of new fatherhood remains to be seen.

But the 30-year-old from Wiesbaden may now have more important things on his mind than catching up the 28 points that separate him from Hamilton's 227 in the world championship rankings.

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