Lewis Hamilton claims that Nico Rosberg has admitted to crashing into him on purpose during the Belgian Grand Prix.
The pair clashed on the second lap of Sunday’s grand prix, as Rosberg attempted to pass Hamilton for the race lead into Les Combes on lap two, the German breaking his front wing against his team-mate’s left-rear tyre, causing a puncture that effectively ruined Hamilton’s race.
While the stewards neglected to investigate the incident, Hamilton has revealed that Rosberg admitted to deliberately making contact with his car in retaliation to his team-mate’s disregard of team orders during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
According to numerous sources, including crash.net, SkyF1 and the BBC, Hamilton said: “It looked quite clear to me but 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 said ‘I did it to prove a point’, he basically said ‘I did it to prove a point’.
“You don’t have to just rely on me,” added Hamilton, “go and ask Toto [Wolff], Paddy [Lowe] and all those guys who are not happy with him as well.
“I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make.”
Hamilton revealed that Rosberg had expressed some resentment to the outcome of the Hungarian Grand Prix team orders debacle as recently as Thursday, adding that he does not know how Mercedes will move on from the incident.
“It’s interesting because we had that meeting on Thursday and Nico expressed how angry he was,” explained the 2008 champion. “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.
“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.”
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