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Hamilton claims Rosberg admitted to hitting him on purpose in debrief

Aug 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

Belgium F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Lewis Hamilton claims that Nico Rosberg admitted that he could have avoided their clash during today’s Belgian Grand Prix, but chose not to so that he could “prove a point” following his defeat at the Hungarian Grand Prix three weeks ago.

On the second lap of the race, Rosberg made contact with Hamilton when trying to make a pass, giving the Briton a left-rear puncture. Hamilton dropped down the order before spending the rest of the race towards the back of the field. He eventually retired with a few laps remaining.

Rosberg went on to finish the race in second place, extending his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 29 points.

In a media session on Sunday evening, Hamilton said that Rosberg admitted hitting him on purpose in order to “prove a point” during a debrief with Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe.

“It looked quite clear to me but we just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose,” Hamilton is quoted as saying. “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’.

“And you don’t have to just rely on me, go and ask Toto, Paddy and all those guys who are not happy with him as well.

“We know, and you can ask Fernando and all drivers, when a car is less than half a car length alongside you, and you’re on the inside, it’s your racing line. It’s not your job to go massively out of your way to leave extra room. And it wasn’t one of those corners where there was a wall there or anything, look at Sebastian the lap before. He was actually further up, and he was sensible about it.

“I was gobsmacked when I was just in that meeting. He just came in there and said it was all my fault.”

This incident could have quite severe consequences. The FIA will undoubtedly look into the incident, despite not referring it to the stewards in today’s race, and the team may also look to take some action internally.

Speaking after the race, Toto Wolff made no secret of his anger over the incident.

“Today we saw our worst case scenario when the drivers made contact on lap two, and that ultimately cost us a one-two finish today, because we saw that our car had that kind of performance in it,” he said.

“It has been our clear policy to let the drivers race this year but rule number one is: don’t hit each other.

“To see that kind of contact, so early in the race, is an unacceptable level of risk to be taking out on track. It cannot – and will not – happen again.”

  1. barrylibby - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    NR on outside of corner gains inside line for next corner
    LH moves in towards inside for next corner contact with NR wing !

    Wasn’t there a day when who is on inside line takes the lead ?

    I guess LH will have to wait to give NR pain as he has said he wants to do.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Rosberg wasn’t along side, he didn’t have the corner. it’s up to the overtaking car to make the pass safely. I think it was a racing deal but if we go by percentages Nico’s is way higher.

    • lvdudeman - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Did you watch the race “Barry”?
      Lewis had the inside line with Nico BEHIND him. BS move by Nico.
      Nico should have lifted, check the video Nico turns in on Hamilton
      from the outside line.

  2. manik56 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    It seems obvious to me Rosberg is the number 2 talent on this team and can only come out on top if he races dirty or Lewis has bad luck. Rosberg diserved to be booed and I hope that keeps up the rest of the year.

    • chaparral2f - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      And you deserve to be booed even more by your rather stupid comments. Sorry, but this was a racing incident. Get over it.

  3. worknman24hours - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Excellent video of this clash on this article.

    It’s clear that Nico is trying to place his car way indie left of Lewis’s car to try and deny him the left apex for the next turn which Lewis sees and denies him that space by simply delaying his braking moment going into that turn.

    Set your pointer at the 1:00 minute point and watch this thing over and over about fifty times

    You should watch the steering rods at the front of the car,outstanding view of the forces on the front of the car under braking.

    The axle pinion mount on the ends of the a-arms is actually torquing,twisting towards the front of the car in a downwards rotation as Nico slams on the brakes to try and make an unfortunate passing manuever on Lewis.

    You can see by the thin space between the steering rod and the a-arm there is a different distance on the left as opposed to the right throughout this incident.

    That is caused by the aero loading on the front of the car.

    Nico comes down to the turn hard on the brakes and tries to move right to make the turn.

    Lewis in full road block mode and moves over to the left to chop off the apex and if we could see his telemetry,I’d bet he also came slightly off the throttle as well.

    Lewis could have gone balls on through that turn and that is what Nico expected him to do because what happens next is something Nico never saw coming.

    Nico sees Lewis’s car move over and he tried to miss the middle of the left side of Lewis’s car.

    Well,when Lewis made that move,his left front tire just tore a huge open whole in the aero downforce going directly over Nico’s front right wing.

    Nico’s car looks like it loses a huge amount of downforce instantly exactly as Nico makes a on throttle -off brake maneuver to try and plant the car to make the right turn-it actually looks like it kind of hopped and Nico is trying to not drive directly over the outside kerbs on the outside of this turn.

    The instant reduction of downforce coupled with the oddities on the current F1 braking system show that Nico is madly trying to keep up with the back end of his car and the front end is coming under all kinds of instantaneous bizarre aero downforce moments caused by Lewis’s car being so close in a sideways downforce interruption moment to Nico’s car.

    It hops and Nico is trying to force the car to go right .

    It hops so fast that Nico has zero time to react to miss Lewis’s car.

    That hop has caused Nico’s hands to go instantaneously almost full right lock on the steering wheel.

    The net result is that Nico is now using way more right steering wheel lock then necessary to make the car move right because it suddenly comes down from it’s hop,plants and yanks the car right.

    Directly into Mr. ‘I’m Slowing Down To Block You Off’s’ left rear race car tire.

    This whole thing was a simple racing incident that Nico is trying to use for his gain by making it seem when he meant to do this when the video shows that Nico simply got caught out by the front of his race car losing aero downforce on it’s right side through a braking, turning transition happening right in the middle of a huge hole in the air moment caused by Lewis’s car.

    Nice try Nico but I caught your mistake.

    Lewis you can calm down now,Nico is trying to mind game you,this was a simple mistake that Nico knew no one would believe anyway so why not try to use it to his advantage.

    Sad thing is here-the FIA takes a very dim view of things like this and may penalize Nico for something he simply did’nt do in the first place.

    And if Nico did say in any team meeting in private to Lewis,,he simply did this to Lewis to teach him a lesson then he’s pretty much guaranteed the FIA will penalize him for it.

    Stuff happens,top flight drivers get into tussles and tires do get tore up.

    Fernando Alonso can tell you all about it from both sides.

    And Lewis could be reading things into just how Nico responded to Lewis’s anger because it’s a distinctly European way to react with disgust at an inquiry of ones character by saying,”Of course I did it on purpose.” when all you did was make a simple mistake.

    Nico should come clean about this though-it could cost him his world championship if he does’nt.

    • barrylibby - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      Otherwords LH did something that ended up in contact .your first paragraph description!

      • worknman24hours - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Contributed -but both drivers could have acted and decided to act at better times on track.

        Simple racing incident.

        We don’t really want all the racing to be sterile (i.e. boring) do we?

  4. worknman24hours - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    ‘indie’ for inside…..’tore a huge ‘w-hole’ in the air-lol,wish you could edit these things after they are posted.

  5. techmeister1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Hammy interprets comments to benefit his ruse.

  6. solutionc - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    The pass was never there so Nico shouldn’t have been there either. This was a racing incident if they were racing bumper cars, otherwise its simply a driver trying to make a point. Point made what it means i don’t know but i wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t more “Racing Incidents” I don’t see either one making way for the other. If the team doesn’t ban them racing each other then Ricciardo may be a good outside bet :)
    It would be a shame if their fight comes down to who qualifies first & pitstop strategy but I don’t see how these two can race without colliding, Nico thought Lewis was too aggressive in Bahrain and has now proved he will not back out.

  7. techmeister1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Hammy thinks he’s a rockstar too…

    Obviously the more knowledgeable folks in F1 have deemed this a non-issue and racing incident, which it was. Hating isn’t going to change the outcome. I’m betting the next time Hammy tries to run Rosberg off track again, then outcome may be similar as Rosberg has backed off before and then seen Hammy screw him over for his kindness. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    • solutionc - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      If everyone tried to overtake like Nico did we would be lucky if anyone finished the race, I think both of them have proven that they don’t intend to give any quarter so unless they are in front they need to back out “cleanly” or Ricciardo will win the championship

    • lvdudeman - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      It’s fine to call it a racing incident Tech but …..
      They are teammates on the second lap of a long race
      with the best two cars in the field and Nico pulls that move?
      Stupid, handed the race to Red Bull

  8. Jeff - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I agree with the announcers, it looked like a racing incident to me. It’s 50-5, both are to blame.
    I’d like to hear Rosberg’s actual quote, Maybe Nico meant it was his fault that he got too close, because I really doubt an F1 racer would intentionally try to make contact. That and this article seems pretty one-sided with mostly Hamilton speaking. Wolff didn’t say it was Nico’s fault either. Finally, a point could be made that Hamilton didn’t check his mirrors and came down onto Nico.

    • solutionc - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      It’s not Hamiltons responsibility to worry about leaving room for Nico – Nico was behind so its Nico’s responsibility not to put himself in an unattainable position.
      This WAS NOT a racing incident it was one driver making a point to another, yes Nico hoped Hamilton would give way but if he didn’t Que Sera, Hamilton needs the points more.

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