Hamilton says Rosberg hit him on purpose

Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:44pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton accused Mercedes team mate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg of deliberately colliding with him and wrecking his Belgian Grand Prix hopes on Sunday 'to prove a point'.

The incident on lap two left Hamilton with a puncture and ultimately led to the Briton's retirement from the race, while title rival Rosberg went on to finish second and extend his lead to 29 points.

Hamilton told reporters that the German, whose car's front wing clipped Hamilton's rear tyre in a failed attempt to overtake, had done it on purpose.

"We just had a meeting about it and he basically said he did it on purpose. He said he did it on purpose," repeated the Briton with a dazed look. "He said he could have avoided it. He said ‘I did it to prove a point’.

"You don’t have to just rely on me, go and ask (Mercedes team bosses) Toto (Wolff) and Paddy (Lowe) who are not happy with him as well," said Hamilton.

"I was gobsmacked when I was listening to the meeting. You need to ask him what point he was trying to make."

Rosberg, whose relationship with Hamilton has hit the rocks repeatedly this season as their boyhood friendship fragments, told reporters separately that the collision was a racing incident.

"We had a discussion, as is important after such circumstances, because obviously what happened cost the team a lot of points," said the German, speaking to a media scrum downstairs in the Mercedes hospitality while Hamilton held court on the floor above.   Continued...

Mechanics push the car of Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain in the pit after he retired from the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool