“There isn’t that much to discuss," he told Sky Germany.
"It’s relatively one-sided. Lewis was trying hard since he was on softs. He was fast enough to try to get past Verstappen but I think he miscalculated and came a bit too early and they were three drivers there.
"He made a small mistake that had big consequences."
On several occasions that season there was contact between the pair, but it wasn't until the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix that the tension boiled over.
Whilst attempting to get past his team-mate, Hamilton got onto the grass and spun around, finishing his participation in the race and taking Rosberg with him. This allowed Verstappen to claim his first ever race victory, aged just 18.
In the end, Rosberg went on to win the 2016 championship, before retiring aged just 31.
"Things like this can’t happen," the German continued. "One can argue that Mercedes gave the driver on the back soft tyres and that obviously lead to the issue. Lewis with the softs had to be aggressive, or he would have fallen back.”
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