Nico Rosberg has admitted that he is ‘not proud’ of his collision with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Rosberg made contact with his team-mate on the second lap of the race at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago, a collision he insisted at the time was a simple racing incident.
However, late last week Rosberg backtracked on his original comments, apologising for causing the incident in what he called a lack of judgement.
It was a low moment for the German, who told the media on Thursday in a packed press conference that he was not proud for his actions in Spa, that led to boos from embittered fans under the podium.
“In Spa I was not proud of the way it went because in general I really want to contribute to my sport,” he said, “I want it to be the most entertaining sport in the world.
“It was not a nice feeling to hear boos towards me but I understand. They travelled a long way to see an exciting race and a good battle between me and Lewis – I understand that and accept that.”
Asked why he had backtracked on his initial statement, to apologise to Hamilton and the team early last week, Rosberg said given reflection he had realised that he had been in the wrong in Spa.
“It was with time,” he answered. “I took the week to think about it and have a look about it, then discuss with the team on Friday. In the end I decided it was me who needed to take responsibility for it.
“They [Mercedes] can’t make me apologise, it definitely was a decision that came from me after hearing other people’s opinions and having looked at it myself again I felt that it was my responsibility.”
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