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VIDEO: Fans boo Rosberg on Belgian GP podium after Hamilton clash

Aug 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Following his clash with Lewis Hamilton in today’s Belgian Grand Prix, championship leader Nico Rosberg was met with a chorus of boos when he took to the podium to claim his trophy for finishing in second place.

Rosberg had started from pole position, but dropped behind Hamilton off the line. He tried to re-claim the lead on the second lap of the race, making an opportunistic move around the outside of Les Combes, only for the two drivers to touch.

The contact left Hamilton with a puncture, forcing him to crawl back to the pits for repairs and costing him a shot at points. He eventually retired from the race late on.

This race is very popular among British fans, given that it is only a four-hour journey away, and they were less than impressed to see the demise of their championship hopeful.

Rosberg said that he would not comment on the incident until he got an opportunity to watch it on TV, but is expected to meet the wrath of team bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda later today.

  1. manik56 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This kind of dirty racing will only make the F1 community pull for Lewis. This is a Dale Sr. Wrecking Darrel Waltrip kind of moment.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    It wasn’t dirty racing at all it was fierce competition as confirmed by the stewards who issued no penalties. There was a legitimate opportunity for Rosberg who was faster and Hammy took him right to the edge of the track just as he has run Rosberg off track in the past. What goes around usually comes around.

    • wethog66 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      It was the 2nd friggin lap.

  3. Jeff - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I don’t think Rosberg intentionally hit Hamilton. It’s hard to believe Nico really wanted to damage his own car.
    Also, from the TV feed, there weren’t a lot a boos as I had anticipated from this headline. Or even as the announcers pointed out during the champagne big. The only time I heard them was in the interview phase.
    It seems to me that NBCSN is anti-German … the headline, the content of this story and others, the last line in this story and the NBCSN announcers.

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