Normal service was resumed in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton leading a Mercedes AMG Petronas one-two.
Having qualified on pole position, the world champion raced to a comfortable victory for the Brackley team with Nico Rosberg coming second.
But Rosberg felt his team-mate held him up in the closing stages of the race. The German driver claimed Hamilton was driving unnecessarily slowly, backing him up into the chasing Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.
Rosberg said: “It compromised my race massively at the time because the best possible race for Lewis was to back me off into Vettel so he would try to undercut me and I would have to respond.”
Hamilton said: “I wasn’t trying to back him up into Sebastian because ultimately we do need a one-two and that is a priority to the team. If he wanted to get close to overtake he could have done.”
Lotus scored their first points of the season after Romain Grosjean came home in a strong seventh position for the Enstone team.
It wasn’t so plain sailing for Pastor Maldonado who, despite a very strong start, suffered from braking issues and late race contact from Jenson Button, eventually retiring from the race with seven laps to go.
Grosjean said: “It’s the best we could do today and it’s satisfying to have achieved the team’s first points of the season. I’m proud of everyone at Enstone and at the track.
“It wasn’t an easy circuit for us, with a lot of front limited corners that we don’t particularly like, but we had a strong start, and most of the stints were good too.”
Maldonado added: “I made a great start and we were running strongly early on however later I had a braking issue which made it harder to battle. We also have to understand why the brakes locked-up so easily coming into the pits.
“We lost a lot of time here and it compromised the rest of my race.”