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Rosberg celebrates China win with a Burger King

Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix, his third win in a row. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg celebrated winning the China Grand Prix and moving 36 points clear of Lewis Hamilton with a Burger King as Red Bull team principal Christian Horner predicted Formula One's championship leader would soon have cause to celebrate a new Mercedes contract, too.

Rosberg's brilliant start to the season reached new heights on Sunday after he extended his unbeaten streak to three races in 2016, and six in as many grands prix stretching back to last year.

The German posted a video to his social media accounts in which he toasted his third victory at the fast-food restaurant ahead of his flight to Berlin for Monday night's Laureus Sports Awards where he will be joined by Hamilton and Mercedes bosses' Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.

Rosberg is out of contract at the end of the year, but Horner does not envisage the 30-year-old leaving the sport's all-conquering team.

"I think Nico is doing a great job and I can't see him at any other team than Mercedes next year," Horner told Press Association Sport.

Formula One drivers split restaurant bill 18 ways

Formula One drivers may be among the best paid sportsmen in the world, but that did not stop them from splitting the bill 18 ways following their dinner in Shanghai on Wednesday night.

Lewis Hamilton, who last year signed a £100million three-year contract with Mercedes, said he picked the restaurant - an Italian called The Kitchen - and laid down the deposit for a meal which all but four of the grid attended.

Nico Rosberg tweeted the above picture of the dinner. Credit: ‏@nico_rosberg

But when it came to who picked up the bill, he claimed his offer to pay was shot down by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

"It was a little bit silly really, ridiculous because someone said, 'Let's share the bill', so 18 drivers shared a bill which is just insane," Hamilton said with a smile.

"It probably wasn't really that expensive. I did say 'why don't I just get it now, or two of us get it now, and then the next time someone else gets it'.

"And they are like 'no, no, no. I want to pay individually'.

"We all got a receipt, 18 receipts, 18 credit cards, it was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I have never seen anything like that before."

Asked who made that suggestion, Hamilton replied: "I am pretty sure it was Nico."

When Hamilton's version of events was then put to his Mercedes team-mate, Rosberg said. "Really? Interesting. From what I can remember, the hidden agreement usually is that the world champion pays, but that might just be my opinion."

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Nico Rosberg wins Bahrain Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg leads the field in Bahrain. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg claimed his second win of the new Formula One season after capitalising on a first-corner collision involving Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg, winner of the season opener in Australia a fortnight ago, got the better of a slow-starting Hamilton to snatch the lead and from there he never looked back.

Hamilton dropped to ninth after his coming-together with Williams' Valtteri Bottas, but recovered to finish third with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen splitting the Mercedes pair.

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Nico Rosberg secures pole for Mercedes in Spain

Rosberg will start in pole position for Sunday's Spanish GP. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg finally got the better of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as he sealed pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Reigning champion Hamilton had taken four poles out of four so far this season, with title rival Rosberg trailing in his wake - but the 30-year-old had to settle for second best in Barcelona as he could not match the German's lap of one minute 24.681 seconds.

Sebastien Vettel was again the best of the rest and will start third for Ferrari as he was the only other man to get within a second of compatriot Rosberg.

Rosberg: Talks with Hamilton were intense

Rosberg was not happy with Hamilton. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg has revealed "very intense" discussions followed his Chinese Grand Prix furore with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton spearheaded a Mercedes one-two at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, claiming his fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory and the 35th overall of his Formula One career.

But what appeared a routine performance from Mercedes took on a fresh complexion when Rosberg later bemoaned Hamilton's tactics.

With Hamilton attempting to preserve his soft tyres during the middle stint of the race it led to Rosberg falling into the grasp of Sebastian Vettel chasing behind in his Ferrari.

Yet following the team's debrief, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff confirmed Hamilton was completely exonerated of any blame.

Answering questions from fans in a post-race video blog, one accused Rosberg of "crying", to which he replied: "You said I was crying? I respect your opinion.

"I'll keep it in mind and try to show respect when it is due."

"It was very intense after the race, but we had a very good sit-down and a good discussion," assessed Rosberg.

"There was a lot of constructive criticism and now for everyone it is a thing of the past. We move on to Bahrain."

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