Nico Rosberg has hit back at allegations in the British press that he deliberately crashed into Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The incident on lap two saw the German break his front wing on Hamilton’s left rear tyre, causing the Englishman to suffer a race-destroying puncture while Rosberg struggled on to 2nd place behind Daniel Ricciardo.
Late on Sunday evening Hamilton then claimed Rosberg had admitted to carrying out the act ‘deliberately’ in the post-race debrief, something Rosberg denies.
“I’ve been told what Lewis has said to the press.” said Rosberg.
“He has stated his version of events and all I can say is that my view of events is very different but it’s better if l don’t give all the details of my opinion and I hope you can respect that. I’d prefer to keep it internal.”
Mercedes team management came under fire from some quarters for pinning the blame on Rosberg, with most seeing the clash as a racing incident; a view backed up by the refusal of race stewards to penalise the championship leader.