Rosberg hits back at Wolff comments

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LONDON – Nico Rosberg has responded to Toto Wolff’s description of him as ‘the vicious one’ by saying the animosity over his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton no longer hurts him.

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton of Britain walk past each other. Photo: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Wolff, the Mercedes team principal recently claimed that both drivers played "psycho games" during three years as team-mates, but that Rosberg was a bigger schemer than Hamilton.

Rosberg retired soon after winning the drivers’ championship last season, but his relationship with Hamilton appeared to remain frosty.

However, Rosberg said: "This chapter is closed for me. It’s funny because it just doesn’t affect me. I won my battle. I just hope we can laugh together again one day."

As for Wolff, Rosberg insisted they have a professional relationship, saying: "I know what he really thinks of me. Last Tuesday, we collected €600,000 for blind children at a charity event."

The 2018 calendar was sent out on Monday and contains a free weekend for Le Mans, letting Fernando Alonso and others take part in the 24-hour race.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will move forward to April, with the Russian GP pushed back to September.

Mar 25: Melbourne, Australia. Apr 8: Shanghai, China. Apr 15 Sakhir, Bahrain. Apr 29 Baku, Azerbaijan. May 13 Barcelona, Spain. May 27: Monaco. Jun 10: Montreal, Canada. Jun 24: Paul Ricard, France. Jul 1: Red Bull Ring, Austria. Jul 8: Silverstone, Great Britain. Jul 22: Hockenheim, Germany. Jul 29: Hungaroring, Hungary. Aug 26: Spa, Belgium. Sep 2: Monza, Italy. Sep 16: Singapore. Sep 30: Sochi, Russia. Oct 7: Suzuka, Japan. Oct 21: Austin, USA. Oct 28: Mexico City, Mexico. Nov 11: Interlagos, Brazil. Nov 25: Abu Dhabi.

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