Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has moved to clarify Lewis Hamilton’s comments regarding his team-mate Nico Rosberg’s intentions after the pair clashed during the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton and Rosberg collided at Les Combes on lap two of Sunday’s race, with the 2008 champion alleging to the media following the grand prix that his team-mate had admitted to deliberately attempting to cause an accident.
Wolff though has refuted these claims, suggesting that Rosberg had revealed a reluctance to back down in the face of his team-mate, rather than the misconstrued view that he had admitted to an intention to deliberately collide with his team-mate.
“Nico felt he needed to hold his line,” said Wolff. “He needed to make a point, and for Lewis, it was clearly not him who needed to be aware of Nico.
“[Rosberg] didn’t give in. He thought it was for Lewis to leave him space, and that Lewis didn’t leave him space.
“So they agreed to disagree in a very heated discussion amongst ourselves, but it wasn’t deliberately crashing. That is nonsense.”
While quick to clarify Rosberg’s intentions, Wolff did not refrain from placing the blame for the collision, which cost Mercedes a potential 1-2, onto the German’s shoulders.
“It doesn’t change the scenario at all because the incident, as I see it, is not acceptable for us,” he insisted.
“What we saw there was that Nico was not prepared to take the exit, and that caused the collision.
“We had a collision that could have been avoided, a second-lap collision, it was Nico who attacked and he shouldn’t have done it.”
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