Rosberg blames Hamilton for collision

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

A "gutted" Nico Rosberg has heaped the blame on Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton after they collided on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg moved to the front of the pack after starting from sixth and held a slender advantage over Hamilton during the closing stages of the race.

Rosberg went marginally wide at Turn 1 and provided the opportunity for Hamilton to size up a move on the approach to Turn 2.

Hamilton adopted the outside line and the pair collided, with Rosberg sustaining front wing damage and ultimately dropping to fourth, as the Briton went on to claim victory.

Stewards are currently investigating Rosberg for triggering the collision, as well as for driving with a damaged car.

"I'm gutted, it's unbelievable," said Rosberg.

"It's sport sometimes. I was sure to win that race and lost it on the last lap. It's pretty intense.

"We were battling, I was struggling a little bit with my brakes, because they got a bit hot in the end, and my tyres were degrading, so that gave Lewis the chance.

"I was confident that I could defend and bring it home. I had the inside, a strong position, but went a bit deep into the corner – that's fine as I dictate, I'm on the inside.

"I was just very surprised that Lewis turned in – that caused the collision."

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