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Crash was deliberate claims Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that during Mercedes Belgian Grand Prix de-brief that Nico Rosberg confessed to deliberately causing the crash that ended Hamilton's race.

The incident which occurred during lap two of the Grand Prix was not put under investigation by the race stewards, who had already been heavily criticised by the teams for their leniency regarding Fernando Alonso's penalty at the start of the Grand Prix for his team failing to clear the grid following the 15-seconds warning.

However post-race the Formula One pundits were critical of Rosberg's actions.

“The rules say you have to have a significant part of the car alongside [to attack] but there’s not a significant part alongside, he was never in a position to mount a challenge. It was clumsy driving from an experienced driver.

“There was a double movement on the wheel, went to turn in once and then again and it was on that second time that the contact was made.
Sky Sports Anthony Davidson said.

Sky Sports colleague Martin Brundle added: 'Rosberg was at fault, he shouldn’t have continued that move. It was poor judgement but I am concerned that he turned out and then turned back in. He really did turn back in at Hamilton’s car.”

The BBC's David Coulthard said: 'Clearly, Nico made an error of judgement and that cost Lewis unfortunately,'

Post race Rosberg was unrepentant, refusing to apologise for the incident.

But it was in the post-race Mercedes debrief that his comments left Hamilton 'gobsmacked'.

“We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose. He said he could have avoided it, He basically said ‘I did it to prove a point’.

“You don’t have to just rely on me, go and ask Toto [Wolff] or Paddy [Lowe] who are not happy with him as well.”
Hamilton told the media.

Whilst Rosberg has refused to comment following the meeting a Mercedes spokesperson confirmed that Hamilton's account of the meeting was 'broadly accurate'.

Understandably Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has since had to go on the defensive as his team cannot afford to have one of their drivers seemingly admitting to deliberately failing to avoid a collision.

'he could have avoided crashing but didn’t [in order to] make a point.” he told Sky Sports.

It is unclear whether Rosberg's confession will trigger a retrospective investigation from the race stewards.








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Date:Monday August 25 2014

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