My version is different, says Rosberg

Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:14pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg has questioned Lewis Hamilton's version of events after the Mercedes team mates collided while contesting the lead on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton told reporters at Spa on Sunday that the Formula One championship leader had told a team meeting after the race that he did it on purpose 'to make a point'.

Rosberg, who has dismissed the collision as a racing incident, said on a video blog from Hamburg that he saw it differently.

"Definitely one of the more difficult video blogs today," said the German. "I've been told what Lewis said in the press and the way he has stated his version of the events. All I can say is that my view of the events are very different.

"The thing is it's just better that I don't now give all the details of my opinion and things like that. I hope you respect that," added the German. "I prefer to just keep it internal."

Rosberg left Spa with a 29 point lead over Hamilton, who retired from the race with a damaged floor to his car after picking up a puncture as a result of his team mate's front wing hitting his rear tyre.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said on Sunday the post-race meeting with drivers had been heated and explained that Rosberg had wanted to show he was not going to back off but had not intended to collide.

Rosberg said there had been an "important discussion" with more to come before the Italian Grand Prix at Monza next week.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (L) of Germany and team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain walk next to each other after the qualifying session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 23, 2014.   REUTERS/Yves Herman