Hamilton: Rosberg admits he didn't back off

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that team-mate Nico Rosberg admitted that he allowed their collision during the Belgian Grand Prix to happen to 'prove a point.'

Hamilton was hit by Rosberg at Les Combes and after the Mercedes post-race debrief, Hamilton revealed that Rosberg claimed he intentionally did not back off as they scrapped for the lead on the second lap of the race.

"It looked quite clear to me but we just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose," Hamilton is quoted by Crash.net.

"He said he did it on purpose, he said he could have avoided it. He said 'I did it to prove a point', he basically said 'I did it to prove a point'. And you don't have to just rely on me, go and ask [Mercedes executive directors] Toto [Wolff], Paddy [Lowe] and all those guys who are not happy with him as well.

"You know, and you can ask Fernando [Alonso] and you can ask all drivers, when a car is less than half a car length alongside you and you are on the inside, it's your racing line.

"It's not your job to go massively out of your way to leave extra, extra room. And it wasn't one of those corners where there's a wall there or anything, look at Sebastian [Vettel] on lap [one]. He was actually further up and he knew he wasn't going to go out the other side. He was sensible about it.

"I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting."

Hamilton added that he does not know how Mercedes will respond to the latest twist between the duo.

"I can't imagine what the team would do now. We came in to this weekend and I came with a really positive mind thought. I really was excited; we've got eight races and we're close, there's only 11 points in it, and I thought it was going to be good for all of us. Good racing, I thought this was going to be a track that was going to be exciting.

"It's interesting because we had that meeting on Thursday and Nico expressed how angry he was: I was thinking 'It's been three weeks and you've been lingering?!' He expressed how angry he was, he literally sat there and said how angry he was at Toto and Paddy. But I thought we should be good after that and then this result, it's interesting."

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