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Rosberg: “I was faster, and I gave it a go”

Aug 24, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT

Belgium F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Nico Rosberg is refusing to be drawn into the debate about his clash with Lewis Hamilton during today’s Belgian Grand Prix until he has seen the TV footage, but is set to face the wrath of team bosses Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff tonight.

When trying to pass his Mercedes teammate and championship rival, Rosberg touched the Briton’s left-rear tire, leaving Hamilton with a puncture. He did manage to get the car back to the pits, albeit well down the order, and that is where he stayed until he retired from the race late on.

Both Wolff and Lauda have condemned the incident, and the team is planning to hold a meeting at 1645 local time today to discuss it. In the post-race press conference, Rosberg said that he would not comment on the clash until he had seen it.

“To be honest, I’m not in a position to comment yet,” he said. “I won’t comment on it at all because in the heat of the moment.

“Of course, very disappointing from the team’s perspective, because we could have done a lot better than just finishing in second place with the car that we had, because our car has really been special this weekend.”

Rosberg admitted that the incident was disappointing, but felt that he was faster than Hamilton at that particular moment.

“I haven’t heard it myself from these people you have mentioned, but of course I will respect their opinion,” he said with reference to Wolff and Lauda. “I myself don’t have an opinion until I see it on the TV.

“All I know is that I was faster, and I gave it a go, and the inside was blocked so I gave it a go around the outside.

“Of course, it’s very disappointing.”

This clash allowed Daniel Ricciardo to pounce and claim his third win of the 2014 season for Red Bull.

  1. worknman24hours - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Racing incident,not the Nico bad guy move everyone thought it was.

    In fact,if we could see Lewis’s telemetry,he probably came off the throttle there to try and destabilize Nico’s momentum and got the worst for it.

    But at the end of the day,this was certainly not the worst ever driver incident and there is ample room of both sides for blame here.

    Get over it fellas,you have a great Formula One team and one of the best car companies in the world to represent.

    Plus you’re young,have stunningly beautiful women in your lives,driving the most modern race cars ever made on the best team in the sport today and getting filthy rich doing it.

    Don’t let a flat tire ruin all of that.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Congrats to Rosberg on a good drive even with a damaged car. If he wins this championship he will have certainly earned it the hard way.

    • lvdudeman - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      His car was damaged by his own arrogance.
      Second lap, his pace was less than Hamilton’s
      otherwise he would have been leading on the first
      lap, then he tries that outside line pass, bs

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