FIA confirm no investigation into Rosberg/Hamilton clash
The FIA has confirmed that it will not be investigating the collision between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during the Belgian Grand Prix.
The pair made contact at Les Combes on the second lap of Sunday’s race, in a clash that saw the German damage his front wing against the Englishman’s left-rear tyre, causing a puncture that dropped Hamilton down the field, and led to his eventual retirement.
While the stewards decided not to investigate the collision during the race, deeming it to be a racing incident, Hamilton later told the media that his team-mate had admitted to deliberately not backing off to ‘prove a point,’ a claim that Rosberg denied on Monday in a regular video blog.
However, with the race results already made official, the FIA declared that it would only open an investigation into the on-track events if new information was submitted by the involved parties.
“The FIA will not intervene in this issue,” Pierre Regent of the FIA told Sportsmail.
“Only a “new element” that would have appeared after the results became final could justify us opening an investigation. A comment alleged to have been made in an internal briefing and later denied by the team itself does not constitute such a “new element”.”
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