Hamilton perplexed by Rosberg move

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he does not understand what Nico Rosberg was doing after a Belgian Grand Prix in which the title protagonists collided on the second lap.

Hamilton led into Les Combes but Rosberg clipped his rival, giving the Brit a puncture.

Hamilton dropped out of contention while Rosberg continued on and finished the race in second place, opening up a 29 point advantage in the championship.

"I didn't really understand what happened - I felt a big thud at the rear," Hamilton is quoted by Autosport.

"I gave the guy space. I don't really understand it. It's really gutting for the result and for all my team. We've had such a tough year, not just the guys on my side of the garage, but the whole team in general. This is not good for the team. We could've easily had a one-two."

Hamilton repeatedly asked his Mercedes team if he could retire his car to save the engine but the squad kept him out until lap 40 in case of a Safety Car or rain.

Hamilton said that event if such a scenario occurred, his prospects would have been limited.

"It's not a giving up thing, I lost at least 40-50 points of downforce," he said. I could do nothing. I was driving the arse off the car and the thing was all over the place.

"I couldn't catch Romain Grosjean. It didn't even matter if the safety car came out, I wouldn't have been able to pass. [Sauber driver Adrian] Sutil was pulling away from me. I burnt up an engine in the last race. I already have one less engine than Nico."

Hamilton added that he will now 'push like hell' to beat Rosberg.

"It's not good, that is 30 points again now and, it took me a long time to catch that before but I know things can change," he said.

"But if you notice Rosberg's car rarely stops. it's looking good for him this season now.

"There's a lot of things going on in my mind, maybe it is just not my year but I can't let that overtake anything, but we have a great car and a great team and I will keep on fighting.

"Who knows if some fortune will come my way but I will give it a go. It reminds me of when I was at school, the teachers will say something but they won't do anything. The stewards didn't do anything and I am now 30 points behind so I am just going to have push like hell.


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