Hamilton says Rosberg hit him 'deliberately' during Belgian GP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed that his teammate Nico Rosberg had admitted in a post-race meeting that the German deliberately hit him during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton's race was effectively ended when he suffered a puncture on lap two at Spa after Rosberg collided with him. The German went on to finish second, extending his lead in the championship to 29 points with seven races left.
Hamilton said that they just had a meeting about it and Rosberg basically said that he did it on purpose, and added that the German said he could have avoided it, but he did not want to, The BBC reported.
The 2008 world champion said that Rosberg basically revealed that he did it to prove a point. Hamilton said that he was 'gobsmacked' by the German's admission.
The Briton said that Rosberg just came in there and said that it was Hamilton's fault.
Hamilton returned to the race after having his left rear tyre replaced only to quit with just a few laps remaining,
Meanwhile, Mercedes said that Hamilton's remarks were a broadly accurate representation of what went on in the meeting.
Rosberg has issued a statement since the Mercedes meeting, but did not make a reference to his remarks. He said that he regretted that he and Hamilton touched but he sees it as a racing incident.
The German said that he was quicker at the time and there was an opportunity, so he gave it a go around the outside as the inside was blocked.
Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff has already said that the incident was absolutely unacceptable and blamed Rosberg for causing it. He said that one does not try to overtake with the knife between his teeth on lap number two and damage both cars.
Wolff added that lap number two of a long race, a crash between two teammates is absolutely unacceptable.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the race as Rosberg extended his advantage over Hamilton with seven races remaining.
The next race is the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on 7 September, the report added. (ANI)
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