Rosberg: 'No opinion' on Hamilton collision

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg refused to properly express an opinion on his collision with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the opening stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Rosberg was challenging Hamilton for the lead of the race when he clipped his rival at Les Combes, giving him a puncture and damaging his own front wing.

Despite having to change the part at his pit stop, Rosberg recovered to second position, while Hamilton had to retire after trailing around at the back for much of the race.

Whereas Mercedes directors Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda laid the blame at Rosberg's door, the German refused to properly explain his thoughts.

"I don't know," he said when asked what happened. "I haven't got an opinion on it at the moment. First of all I don't know what [Toto and Niki] have said so don't want to comment in detail. I need to see it before going into any such detail.

"I was quicker and I wanted to overtake, and I went for it. The inside was closed up so I went round the outside and tried to go for it and unfortunately we touched. I definitely tried and I was alongside."

Rosberg was booed on the podium when he collected his second place trophy and he blamed British fans for the actions.

"They are British fans, so I do understand," Rosberg said.

"It's not a nice feeling for me. All I ask is that they prepare themselves well before having such an opinion. For example, by reading the regulations and really understanding what is the code of conduct between drivers.

"Anyway, it's a small minority out there today - it was the British fans out there. The rest were excited to see a great race. Of course for us it was a bad day as a team."

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